chapter  9
ZHUANG
ByYongxian Luo
Pages 61

The Zhuang are primarily lowland dwellers, who are traditionally an agricultural people. They grow rice in both plains and steep terraces and they raise livestock. They have a well-developed art and handicraft style. They are very musical, capable of composing impromptu verses in songs, to be sung in festivals or in courtships. They have a very rich oral literature. One of the most important pieces is the Baeu-ro-do epic song, which has been the subject of a detailed anthropological study (Holm 2004).