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A dancing lion and its roots in Chinese culture

Thursday, 8 February 2018 12:57:00 pm Australia/Sydney

Chinese New Year is around the corner! Chinese all over the world mark the start of a new lunar year on 16 February with festive greetings, the wearing of red, visiting elders and relatives, feasting and lion dances.

Ever wondered what’s the story of the quintessential lion dance?

It is tradition for lion dance troupes to visit the homes and businesses of the Chinese community during Chinese New Year to perform the traditional custom of "cai qing" , literally meaning "plucking the greens", whereby the lion plucks the auspicious green lettuce either hung on a pole or placed on a table in front of the premises. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the owners of whichever place they visit.

1) Northern Lion
Northern lions resemble Pekingese, and its movements during a performance are life-like. Acrobatics are very common, with stunts like lifting one’s partner up while balancing on a tiered platform or on a giant ball.

 



2) Southern Lion

The Chinese Southern Lion or Cantonese Lion dance originated from Guangdong. The Southern Lion has a single horn, and is associated with the legend of a mythical monster called Nian.
It requires power in moves and strength in posture, using kung fu stances to help with the sharp movements and emotions. The lion becomes the representation of the kung fu school and only the most advanced students are given the honour of performing it.

 

 

The lion dance is not just popular in China! It is known in Vietnam as the unicorn dance, and most lions in Vietnam resemble the Southern Lion. In Japan, their lions ‘bite’ people on the head to bring good luck. Pop culture has also incorporated lion dance into movies, like the 1990s movies "Wong Fei Hung", and the sequels of Once Upon a Time in China which involve plots centered on Lion Dancing, especially Once Upon a Time in China III and IV. The series main actor, Jet Li has performed as a lion dancer in several of his films, including Southern style lion dancing in Once Upon a Time in China III, Once Upon a Time in China and America and Northern style lion dancing in Shaolin Temple 2 and Shaolin Temple 3.

           
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