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Rhythms of tradition

(China Daily)

11:08, January 04, 2012

Miaowomen wear silver headwear in Xijiang Qianhu Miao village in Guizhou on Nov 10, 2011. (Photo by Cui Meng / China Daily)

Guzang Festival, the most ancient and spectacular Miao festival in Guizhou province, was celebrated from Nov 10 to Nov 12 in Leishan county's Taoyao Miao village. Leishan, located in the southwest of the Miao and Dong autonomous prefecture, is where most of the Miao ethnic group lives.

According to ancient Miao songs, the festival was celebrated by early Miao clans in the Xia Dynasty (c.21st century-16th century BC). It became even more popular after the Miao migrated to the Leigong Mountains in today's Leishan county.

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