The Yao live mainly in Guangxi, Hunan, Yunnan and Guizhou. They numbered 2,796,003 in the 2010 census.
The Yao farm sweet potatoes, maize and rice. They have recently developed hydroelectric power and increased irrigation. There are several different mutually incomprehensible Yao languages, and Chinese or Zhuang are often used for communication. Traditional religions include nature worship, ancestor worship and Daoism.
A group of Yao children in Jinxiu, Guangxi, come to watch a traditional ritual Yao dance. Taken early in 1992. One of the dancers is shown on the left.
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