07-18-2008 10:23

The picturesque ancient town Lijiang, in southwest China's Yunnan province is proud of its rich cultural legacy. Local drawings often feature the hieroglyphs of the ancient Dongba people. The hieroglyphs have been embraced as part of China's National Heritage. Also listed, is the dance music that originated among the Naxi people of Lijiang.

The dance music "Re Mei Cuo" originated among ancient tribes of the Naxi people, in primeval times.
The dance music "Re Mei Cuo" originated among ancient tribes of 
the Naxi people, in primeval times.

The dance music "Re Mei Cuo" originated among ancient tribes of the Naxi people, in primeval times. The music has remained popular among Naxi folk through ages. It was preserved in written records. The music is inspired by sounds of nature. It is sung rather than played on musical instruments. And it is flawlessly matched to the movements of the dance.

The dance music "Re Mei Cuo" originated among ancient tribes of the Naxi people, in primeval times.
The dance music "Re Mei Cuo" originated among ancient
tribes of the Naxi people, in primeval times.

"Re Mei Cuo" is acclaimed as a musical living fossil. It passed through many generations. And it's still widely used today, at Naxi funerals and other rituals. The importance of the music became widely recognized in the 1980s. Lijiang county organized a performing troupe for a visit to Japan. In recent years, local musicians have contributed to the art -- and to research. Now the music has been embraced by the outside world.


Editor:Liu Fang