Autonym: 'Ai Nan' as individual designation; 'Gyong Nan' as group
Population: Approximately 75,000 in Guangxi province; About 20,000 in Guizhou
province who are usually called 'Yanghuang'
but classified as Maonan
administratively. We will call this group 'Yanghuang
Distribution: Huanjiang Maonan Autonomous County of Guangxi province is the
area. Parts of Pingtang and Dushan counties in Guizhou
province are also
densely populated by another Maonan group. This
group we call 'Yanghuang Maonan'.
Language: Maonan, related to Kam-Sui branch of the Kam-Tai
Group of the Tai-Kadai
The basic Word order is SVO. The modifier follows
the head element. Most Maonan people are multiliguigual:
Han Chinese and Zhuang.
Deeply influenced by Taoism.
structure, i.e. two-storey houses, with the upper part
quarters and the lower part as farm animal
History: The Maotan Man
of the the Manliao branch of the Baiyue stock.
* The Kam-Tai group is also called the 'Zhuang-Dong' group
in China. The Kam-Tai
is also claimed to belong to the
'Sino-Tibetan' or 'Austronesian' family. More and
more scholars agree that it belongs to the
About: The Maonan is dying out. This of course is not a sensational exaggeration but refers to the diminishing of the cultural characteristics,
rather than disappearing of the physical individuals. It is estimated that the Maonan will exist in name only in 4-5 generations time.
"Maonan" will become a historical name only and will be recorded in the historical literatures along with other names like "Qidan"(aka Khitai, Kidan, Cathay, etc),
"Xianbei", etc. The purpose of Maonan Net is to propagate the Maonan culture,
showcase Maonan songs and dances, disseminate the Maonan orthography, among others.
Hopefully visitors will get a general idea of Maonan culture from this website. Characteristic of both educating and entertaining,
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