The Dragons in the Popular Culture

During the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties that continue the well-known art of fiction, there are novels in dialect such as The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Water Marginsand Pilgrimage to the West, The Scholars and the Dream of the Red Palace.

In the early days of the Qing Dynasty, it appears an anthology of mythological stories written in the classical style of PuSongling which for a long time was a popular book, celebrated and appreciated.

After PuSongling, Ji Yun, who excelled in the SikuQuanshu collection, wrote a book that collects anecdotes, stories and tales about forest gods, foxes and ghosts.

Dragon Dance Singapore

The Dance of the Dragon

In Chinese culture the Dragon is the most sacred animal, considered friendly and providential, symbol of long life, fortune and bearer of rains and assumed as emblem of the Emperor; symbol of strength and benevolence. The Dance of the Dragon is a tradition still alive and very popular, affirmed in Chinese folklore during the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 BC).

The mask and the body of the Dragon can be of various colors: golden, green, flaming red or different colors, also the length is variable (there are in fact Dragons brought by 20 and more people). The Dance is performed both day and night (LoungYe is the phosphorescent dragon that is used at night) and the dancers’ parade that performs it is compared to the wave of the sea, faithful and natural representation of a celestial dragon.

The LED Dragons performances are performed on the occasion of the new year, as a propitiatory rite. His dance is guided by the pearl (which represents the Moon, the wisdom, the energy of the universe), carried by an athlete on a long stick, with which he guides the dance itself and from the direction to the dragon, which performing volutes, waves, joints and overlaps that are often complicated and that require constant training, try to reach the sphere to devour it.

A musical background of drums, plates and gongs playing arrhythmically, follow the movements of the Dragon.

The Dance of the Dragon and the Kung Fu

  • Many schools of Kung-Fu accompany their training path the study of the dance of the Dragon that is represented during parties, events and events related to Chinese culture.
  • This is how a group of athletes who lead the Dragon is formed, led by the leader who, through complicated movements, will animate this fantastic creature, in his attempt to reach the Moon.
  • The Dance of the Dragon is difficult and requires harmony, collaboration and training.

In fact the wavy movements of his body, controlled through sticks on the top of which there is a bow fixed under the mantle that represents the body of the animal, require a considerable dose of physical and technical coordination also in the use of the stick so that the Dragon his movements seem a single body.

This martial dance also requires constant effort, because it requires great synchrony and teamwork during the execution of techniques and movements.