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Cantonese Lion Group

Lion dancing is a folklore art with a long history. It was introduced to Taiwan in the beginning of the Cing dynasty, and became prosperous with the rise of the territorial self-defense forces. In general, there are four forms of lion dancing groups in Taiwan: the open-mouthed longzih lion, the closed-mouth jilong lion, Cantonese sing lion, and the fur-covered Peking lion. The other lions, such as the songjiang lion and the longfong lion were derived from them later.

Our school’s lion group was established in 1991 and was invited to perform in the folklore artistic activities of Double-tenth Day in 1994. It has been well-noted for performing in every county sports competition and many county-wide activities. As of right now, Mr. Syu Jicai and Mr. Chen Shihyao instruct students in a group activity class every week. In order to increase the festival atmosphere during performances and show confident, flexible, and lively motions, students have to learn not only the lion-teasing with tianmao (fur-licking) game, but also the difficult Cantonese lion trick, which is known for using desks and chairs to climb high.

At present, there are forty-two lion costumes in the school, continuing on the goal of having one hundred lion dance costumes. The establishment of lion groups not only teaches and spreads out folk art and skills, but also lets the children themselves experience the pleasure of Cantonese lion dancing. And while having fun, the children are unconsciously receiving the seeds of their rich traditional culture.

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