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The Five-direction Lion Dance in the Tang Dynasty

Jin Wang

Capital University of Physical Education & Sports, Beijing 100191, China.

*Corresponding author: Jin Wang

Published: September 20,2022 How to cite this paper


Since lions were introduced into China from the Western Regions via the Silk Road, the unique cultural phenomenon of lion dance has taken shape through historical evolution and cultural cultivation. By the Tang Dynasty, lion dance had formed a complete movement system and a unique performance form, and "The five-direction Lion dance" (also known as Taiping Music) in the Tang Dynasty is a famous large-scale music-accompanied dance performance integrating songs, dances and music as one of "Libuji (Standing Musicians)" at that time. As a product of the cultural exchange and integration between the East and the West, "the five-direction Lion dance" is a typical representative of the "Sinicization" of the lion dance, which integrates the cultural connotations and philosophical thoughts of the five directions, five colors and five elements in Chinese traditional culture on the basis of lion dance, it presents a unique performance form, specific performance content and profound cultural connotation in art.

KEYWORDS: The Five-Direction Lion Dance, Taiping Music, The Silk Road, The Tang Dynasty


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How to cite this paper

Jin Wang. The Five-direction Lion Dance in the Tang Dynasty. OAJRC Social Science, 2022, 3(2), 122-124.

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