National Culture Heritages in Guangxi (Literature)
Liao Songs of the Zhuang ethnic group
Liao Songs are a kind of folk songs of the Zhuang ethnic group mainly distributed in counties in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region like Pingguo, Tiandong, Mashan, Dahua, and Wuming. It is a combination of the oral form and the written form. It is widely spread among the Zhuang people. Liao Songs of the Zhuang ethnic group are representative of Zhuang culture and an encyclopedia of Zhuang's original society.
Liao Songs of the Zhuang ethnic group are of great value in literature, history, folklore, linguistics, and paleography. Liao Songs of the Zhuang ethnic group have unique artistic ideas and methods of expression. They are good at expressing thoughts and feelings with a distinct artistic image. They reflect the social reality of the Zhuang people in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), as well as describe several specific historical events.
The songs focus on architectural techniques, carving art, and ritual customs of the Zhuang ethnic group. The language cultures and the ancient script of Zhuang also enable people to understand the rich cultural connotations of the ancient Zhuang language, as well as the origin and development of the Zhuang scriptures.
On June 7, 2008, Liao Songs of the Zhuang ethnic group were listed in the second batch of national intangible cultural heritages.