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The chinese lion dance.

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  • Submitted: 23/10/2003
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The chinese lion dance

Hundreds of years ago, a Chinese village was under constant threat by local bandits who dressed themselves as demons in order to scare the villagers away before looting the village. The villagers decided to fight back and created spiritual creatures, such as dragons and lions, out of bamboo and wood and began banging their pots and pans to scare away the evil spirits. From there, the tradition of the Lion Dance was born.

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The lion dance has been part of the Chinese culture for thousands of years and is performed on auspicious occasions such as weddings, store openings, and various festivals and celebrations. The lion, a symbol of power, wisdom, and good fortune, chases away evil spirits and brings hapiness, longevity, and good luck. The lion dance is also performed at many business locations during the Chinese New Year's Celebration for the lion brings prosperity and good luck to the business for the upcoming year.

In China, the lion dance differed in various places, especially the appearance. In Northern China, the body of the lion was full of hair except the head. It looked

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