De’ang Nationality, with a population of about 15462 in total, is one ethnic minority of China.
Now, De’ang people are mainly scattered around Mangshi and Zhenkang, with a few of the others living together with Dai, JIingpo, Lisu, Wa, Han, etc. in Yingjiang, Ruili, Longchuan, Baoshan, Lianghe, Longling, Gengma and so on.
Those living in Dehong areas call themselves “De’ang”, while those in Zhenkang and Gengma call themselves “Ni’ang” or “Na’ang”. “Ang” is their self-assumed name, meaning “cave”, while “de”, “ni”, “na” are all adjuncts delivering respects.
De’ang people have their own language which is not popular and just used to record their own history, rules, moral values and so on. Most De’ang people are capable of using Dai language, standard Chinese, and Jingpo language.