National Culture Heritages in Guangxi (Literature)
Bainiaoyi (a dress made of feathers from 100 birds), is part of the folklore of the Zhuang ethnic minority that is mainly circulatied in Xiaoyi town, Hengxian county, Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. It is full of fantasy mythology and has a long history which has been enriched with its development.
The story describes a poor young man named Guka trying to find the "bainiaoyi," a type of magical clothing made of bird feathers, while rescuing his wife from Tu Si, the chieftain of the minority areas in ancient times. The story profoundly reflects the strong will of the Zhuang people to resist violence and fight for freedom.
The story is one of the representative legends of the ancient Yue Kingdom dating back over 2,000 years ago. It has extensively recorded the natural environment, historical changes, ethnic customs, as well as the ethics and religious beliefs of human beings that have lived and prospered since ancient times.
The story of Bainiaoyi was approved by the State Council to be listed in the fourth batch of national intangible cultural heritages on Nov 11, 2014.
A woman of Zhuang ethnic group dresses in Biaoniaoyi. [Photo/Guangxi Daily]