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Rattan-shield dance(National Intangible Cultural Heritages)
Source:Wenzhou Release | Author:Wenzhoudaily | Publish time:2018-06-30 | 1875 Views: | Share:
Vernacularly called “Da Teng Pai(rattan-shield hitting)”, this is a dance form rooted in ancient military drills centered around rattan shields. It is said to originate from a battle formation named...

Vernacularly called “Da Teng Pai(rattan-shield hitting)”, this is a dance form rooted in ancient military drills centered around rattan shields. It is said to originate from a battle formation named “Yuanyang Zhen” which was created by the historically renowned General Qi Jiguang, and was later completed after modification made by General Qi’s underlings aimed at highlighting the armor’s role in the formation. While the dance used to widely spread across both Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces, nowadays the descendant of the practice can only be found in Ruian region. The performance won honor in a national competition in 1957 for folk songs and dances, and was a fixation for over more than 40 years for various major events in cities, provinces even state. In 2011, the dance was registered into the third list of National ICH.