The Bulang nationality has a population
of 85,000. The majority of them live in on the Bulang
Mountain, Bada,Xiding and Daluo of Xishuangbanna The
others are scattered in Yunxian, Zhengkang, Yongde,
shuangjiang, Gengma counties of Lincang Prfecture;
Cangyuan, Mojiang and Jingdong counties of Simao Prefecture.
The Bulangs nationality has its own
langrage, which belongs to the Mon-Khmer Branch of
the Southern Asian Language Family (Bulang Branch).
They use the Han and the Dai language as their writing
systems. They believe in primitive religion. Influenced
by the Dai nationality, they also believe in Theravada.
In the Bulang mountain region of Menghai
County, the system of giving names based on the maternal
side is still in effect, which is a good example of
the uxorilocal. After the wedding ceremony, the bridegroom
has to stay with the bride's family for three years.
After that ,when they have their own children, the
husband can take his wife back to his own house.
The Bulang piople's clothes are
similar to the Dai's. The men wear collarless black
short coats, black loose trousers, and black or blue
turbans. The usually coil their hair in a bun and
like to wrap the hair with black cloth. Both men and
women are fond of dyeing their teeth, drinking wine,
smoking and chewing betel nuts.