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bjl1302077 : Tiger Shehuo custom kept for over 300 years in north China

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  • Tiger Shehuo custom kept for over 300 years in north China (2019-04-10)
  • In Nanzhangjing Village, 3 kilometers from Yujia Stone Village, Jingxing County of Shijiazhuang City, people still keep a custom of over 300 years old, celebrating the Tiger Shehuo (which means "Temple Fire") during the first month of the lunar year. This custom has already been listed in China's National Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. According to legend, one of the founding fathers of Nanzhangjing Village secretly learned the skill of making temple fire by pretending to be a mute for three years. One of the rites of Shehuo in this village which has been passed on from generation to generation, Stealing Old Pole, is in memory of this fire master. On the day of celebrating Shehuo, the villagers put up the paper tiger and other models imitating from historical stories, fill fireworks inside and then set off. At night, the Tiger Fire is set off. Two men push the paper tiger and flames shoot out from its mouth and many places of its body. Men who strip to the waist jump around the flaming tiger and dance. The drumbeat intermixes with people's yell around, presenting a picture of people rising and tiger leaping. This activity fully embodies the brave character and dauntless spirit of the people living in the Taihang Mountains.    Photo by Imaginechina
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