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  • Miao people in masks and grassy cloaks dress up as the god Manggao to bring good luck to villagers in Rongshui Miao Autonomous County, Liuzhou city, in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Feb. 21 Photo: IC_ Gallery: Celebrating the God of the Mountain in Guangxi
     
     
    Miao people in masks and grassy cloaks dress up as the god Manggao to bring good luck to villagers in Rongshui Miao Autonomous County, Liuzhou city, in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Feb. 21 Photo: IC
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Gallery: Celebrating the God of the Mountain in Guangxi

In the culture of the Miao people of South China, Manggao is the legendary god of the mountain, who drives away evil spirits and brings good fortune. At Spring Festival, Miao villages hold festivals to honor Manggao, where performers don spectacular masks to pose as the god.

02.22.2019
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Miao people in masks and grassy cloaks dress up as the god Manggao to bring good luck to villagers in Rongshui Miao Autonomous County, Liuzhou city, in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Feb. 21 Photo: IC
A Manggao performer plays the Lusheng, a traditional Miao instrument. Photo: IC
Two children accompany the Manggao performers as they dance, on Feb. 21 Photo: IC
Miao performers dance at the Manggao festival on Feb. 21. Photo: VCG
People play lushengs, which are a kind of reed-pipe wind instrument. Photo: VCG
Miao women in traditional costumes and silver headdresses celebrate the festival. Photo: VCG

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Gallery: Celebrating the God of the Mountain in Guangxi