Enter the Dragon

Dragons heads, HK.jpgThe Dragon dance in my mind, has long since been associated with China and being Chinese for me at least. The Dragon, represents good fortune and prosperity. Traditionally the dance is performed around Chinese New Year. But since coming to Guangzhou, Dragon dances have become commonplace.

Dragon dance in the street.jpgPeople, the local Guangzhou-ites want good luck for everything. If a new store opens (just down the road from my apartment as it happens) then a dragon dance maybe performed. I’m sure there are different interpretations on the dragon dance. But, the one the one that I’ve seen is where the dragon is ‘tamed’ by a dragon gladiator. Armed with a fan (and headgear too), the gladiator dances with the dragon. To what end, I’m not sure but the dances can be done be danced by a dance troupe, especially trained in this art. And art, it is. I recently visited a Dragon’s head exhibit in Hong Kong and some of the stories of how long it takes to make a dragon’s head is just staggering. 1 year in some cases.Yellow dragon.jpg

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2 Responses

  1. I don’t buy the Lion Dance (familiar to Chinese restaurant diners in the west since I was a toddler!). The stone figures put up opposite Chinese banks in the CBD of Fuzhou, and other cities, represent more the southern china Amoy Tiger, than any lion (African cat) that would have been identified. “-)

    • The lions I see almost everywhere are guardians to protect the buildings from, whatever. Possibly spiritual in nature.

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