Feel free to watch either half or the whole performance. Two men crawled inside and made it run and prance and roar. This presents a possible drawback of the paper in that it will be using Western methods of thought to interpret Eastern rituals. Think of how interest it can be to get yourself move like a certain animal during your important dance occasions. For them, it is almost sacrilege if a Lion Dance is not performed in the traditional way. As a result of my ongoing personal studies into the topics covered in this paper, it has been extensively revised and updated with new material and references added and corrections made to the original.
Accessibility Notes Students with physical disabilities may need modified movements. The villagers asked for the help of a great colourful lion spirit, who came and drove the Nian away with much noise. These events became a public challenge. Shopkeepers and others still wanted the lion's blessings on their businesses. To accomplish this exorcism of the demons which had come to live in the palace in the past year, twelve sacred animals - actually men dressed as the animals - made three passes through the entire palace Bodde, 83. The website features a world map.
Traditional dragon or lion dance may be performed in public areas. The warok may also carry an adolescent boy or girl on its head. Types of Lion Dance Costumes Lion dance is a typical traditional dance in the Chinese culture and among other Asian countries. In the old days, the lettuce was hung 5—6 m 16—20 ft above ground and only a well-trained martial artist could reach the money while dancing with a heavy lion head. There are various styles of lions and lion dances, though the biggest distinction is the Northern and the Southern. It also has a very long tail and eyes that swivel left and right.
The monk rescues the lion from this carnal state, and shows him a better way of life in Buddhism. The reason that they do this isbecause there was a monster who would always like to eat thepeople, so a wise man told the people that the monster was afraidof noise, lights, and the color red. This suggests to me that there is a deeper link on the subconscious level. In a traditional performance, when the dancing lion enters a village or township, it is supposed to pay its respects first at the local temple s , then to the ancestors at the , and finally through the streets to bring happiness to all the people. Prior Student Knowledge Students need experience with scissors, glue, rulers, and folding. Other ethnic minorities groups in China may also have their own lion dances, for examples the lion dance of the Muslim minority in in. The Lion Dance incorporates both of these elements into the ritual.
You are now leaving the A rtsE dge website. An easy way to tell the difference is that a lion is normally operated by just two dancers and has a tail, while a dragon is longer and is held on poles by many people. There has been an old tradition in China of dancers wearing masks to resemble animals or mythical beasts since antiquity, and performances described in ancient texts such as where wild beasts and phoenix danced may have been masked dances. However, lion is not native to China a species found in Northeast China had long become extinct , and the Lion Dance therefore has been suggested to have originated outside of China from countries such as India or Persia, and introduced via Cental Asia. He is a protector, and guardian of Buddhism, and he is on a sacred quest. Faced with this awesome creature, the nien ran away again.
He and his disciples also made changes to the lion head, its forehead is lower, its horn rounded and it has a duck beak mouth with flat lips. I believe that it has more to do with the concept of the refining fire that the Bible speaks about Malachi 3:2. The dance was originally performed every night of the first fifteen nights of the Lunar New Year, where the dance troupe in lion masks and costumes visited every house in the villages of the Bukcheong region, and the lion dance is meant to expel evil spirits and attract good luck for the coming year. The head of the Lion is made of paper mache and bamboo; its colorful body is made of burlap and silk. For groups in Western countries, this is made possible through funds raised through subscriptions and pledges made by members of local cultural and business societies.
The newer styles of Fo Shan lions replace all the bristles with fur and the tails are shorter. The Kennedy Center is working on developing new lessons to connect to these standards, while maintaining the existing lesson library aligned to the Common Core, other state standards, and the 1994 National Standards for Arts Education. Any mistakes made by some of the performer of the dragon dance team would spoil the whole performance. The Lion Dance is enacted by two dancers. As a class, read the information on the website aloud. It can consist of almost any food, but most common are lettuce and tangerines.
Lion dance performance at Duyet Thi Duong, The dance is performed primarily at traditional festivals such as Tết and Tết trung thu , as well as during other occasions such as the opening of a new business, birthdays, and weddings. Its length ranges from 7 sections to 13 sections long. Don't borrow or lend money. The lions are usually depicted in pairs. Perhaps as long ago as 200 B. Also hanging on the string is a red envelope containing money as an offering to the lion.