The Lion Dance - Historic Artwork Type Of China

The Lion Dance - Historic Artwork Type Of China

The Lion Dance of China originated over one thousand years ago. It depicts the Asiatic lions of nearby India, some of which may have been introduced to early Chinese Emperors as gifts. Lions in Chinese culture are guardian creatures, with statues of lions guarding royal palaces, houses of presidency officers and royal tombs.

There are many variants of the Lion Dance all through Asia, including major land China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan and other countries. The Lion Dance in China might be roughly categorized into Northern and Southern. Lions include paper mache heads with the body being of fabric. The body in addition to the head is also decorated with fur, feathers, and ornamental paint. The Chinese Lion Dance is most often accomplished by folks per lion, not like the Chinese Dragon Dance that can have ten or more individuals per Dragon.

The Northern Dance originated as entertainment for the imperial court. The Northern Lion may be very shaggy and may be orange, red, yellow, or a mixture of those colors. The Northern Dance is very acrobatic and is completed primarily for entertainment. The Northern Dance many occasions depicts pairs of lions, generally a household of large and small lions.

The Southern Dance is more often carried out as a ceremony to prevent evil and for good luck. The Southern Lion displays all kinds of colors. It also usually has a mirror on the center of the forehead, very massive eyes and a horn at the heart of the head.

The Lion Dance will be performed at any time of the yr, but is often associated with the Chinese New Year. The Dance itself is very formalized, with a unique ritual and routine for every nation and area. However in most cases, the dance begins with the lion getting into the city or village and visiting the native temples and ancestral halls to pay respects. Then it continues down the streets of the city to spread pleasure and good fortune to the people. During Chinese New 12 months, the lion dancers visit the storefronts of businesses for the 'picking of the greens'. The proprietor of the enterprise will connect a red envelope crammed with cash to a head of cabbage or lettuce, and then tie it above the door of their shop. The lion will strategy the greens, and 'eat' the greens however spit out the money. This part of the Lion Dance Singapore Dance brings good fortune to the enterprise owner and the lion dancers preserve the cash within the envelope.

The Lion Dance has developed a detailed relationship to the martial arts, specifically Kung Fu. Many Lion Dance troupes encompass members of Kung Fu clubs that practice the dance very hard to gain athleticism and proficiency.


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