\nThe boys performing these feats are not professionals. They are students or young working adults who also perform the lion dance\u2026\n\nThe main performers of a team are the dancers.\u00a0 The man in front wears the large mask \u2013 and leads the moves, while the man at the rear, bends over into an L shape \u2013 holding the waist of his partner. Together they take the shape of the lion.\n\nThey are accompanied by a a band of drum beaters, cymbal beaters and gong beaters.\n\nThe origin is spiritual (not to be mistaken with \u2018religious\u2019). As it must always be, for something that pushes the mind and the body beyond the limits of average capability!\nworship & prayer\n\n\nseeking blessings from the Lion\nOfferings for ancestors\nRehearsing teams just before the competition begins\u2026.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThey perform acrobatic feats on pillars placed in a row of about 30 meters \u2013 pillars that are just over 1 foot in diameter and range from 4 feet to 9 feet in height!They defy gravity and the physics of balance and motion \u2013 jumping from one pillar to another,\u00a0 almost flying through the air and land on the next set of pillars. It is no wonder that the crowd watches in awed silence, and cheers heartily when a team refuses to fall and stay down, after a slip. Each of their unique movements probably has a story behind it but I am not familiar with the details.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe drumbeats and the magnificent costumes, fill up the senses and create an electric atmosphere. And watchers sit stunned \u2013 wondering how the two men can perform all those challenging stunts, even though their vision is limited by the costume and by the physical arrangement of their bodies\u2026.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nA similar photo-article on The Dragon Dance is available here.\n\n\n\nThe Wovensouls gallery of antique textiles from China is available here.\n\n\njm\n\n\n\n\n\nThe post The magnificent Lion Dance appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.