Unit X: World Dance

1. Chinese Lion Dance

Chinese Dance: The Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume. The story goes that once upon a time a monk had a dream in which there were many sorrows and evils plaguing the land. The monk prayed and asked the gods how he could prevent these evils from occurring. The gods told him that a lion would protect them and fight back the evils. The Chinese people had never seen a lion before, but had heard stories that the lion was the king of all the other animals, so the monk combined all the lucky or magical animals he could think of and so made a lion. The Dragon dance is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. The Dragon is also the emblem of Imperial Authority. It symbolizes supernatural power, goodness, fertility, vigilance and dignity.

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