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The Bulang ethnic minority has a population of 85,000. The majority live on Bulang Mountain, Bada, Xiding and other regions south of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan Province. The others are scattered in Yunxian, Zhengkang, Yongde, Shuangjiang, Gengma counties of Lincang Prefecture and Cangyuan, Mojiang and Jingdong counties of Simao Prefecture. The Bulang region has an abundance of purple flowers, cotton and sugarcane. It is the place where the world famous Pu'er tea comes from.
The Bulang minority has its own language belonging to the South Asian language family (Bulang Branch). The Bulang also have a strong command of Dai, Va, Han language as well. They use the Han and the Dai language as their writing systems. They believe in a primitive form of religion with influences from the Dai nationality. They also believe in Theravada, a type of Buddhism.
Their villages are usually set amidst dense forests and bamboo groves in the mountains. Their bamboo houses are built on stilts. They like sour and hot food and strong tea. Women wear close-fitting jackets and sarongs and wear rattan hoops around their waists and calves.
The Bulang people's clothes are similar to the Dai minority's. The men wear collarless black short coats, black loose trousers, and black or blue turbans. The women usually coil their hair in a bun and wrap the hair with black cloth. Both men and women are fond of dying their teeth, drinking wine, smoking and chewing betel nut. Some Chinese experts claim that the Bulang, along with the Wa and De'ang, are the descendants of the ancient Pu people that migrated from the lower Yangzi area 2000kms where Sino-Asiatic languages prevail but they provide no explanation for how they came to adopt an Austro-Asiatic Mon-Khmer language that comes from 1000kms to the south.
The Bulang minority has its unique reproduction and origin worship. In the Village of Ethnic Culture Museum, the romance of free marriage customs of the Bulang minority are displayed. Three big oxen heads are hung above the door, symbolising wealth and honor.
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