Fortress Village - The Ethnic Minorities of Southwest China  

Are the Zhuang people highly sinicized? Is the Zhuang Nationality an ethnic group that was invented out of thin air? The Zhuang people most likely were originally an indigenous people. However, as the Chinese empire expanded its regime southward, the Han culture that came with it gradually seeped into the Zhuang society. The standard name of “Zhuang Nationality” and the Romanized version of the Zhuang language are of course the results of official nationality identification, but the Zhuang ethnic group itself and the Zhuang dialects spoken by Zhuang people were not deliberately invented. Although we can observe Buddhist or Daoist deities in the Zhuang people’s rich variety of religious activities and ceremonies, they have maintained their original views on mankind and the universe.
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