Lion Dancing

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Lion Dancing

Every time when you see youth swiftly glistening over the rampaging ungodly Earth accompanied with the blistering heated wonder of the orb-like sun, it can take you back to your exhilarating days with no headaches, worries, or obligations also known as, childhood. Worries, headaches, obligations, these are enemies within ourselves that we must overcome. These flea-like worries are infesting everyone. We are being overwhelmed by these creatures. The only ways to fight off such beasts are to find relaxation, comfort, and soothing. These can come in different ways such as an event, a ritual or even a location that eases your mind in tranquility. I have a special event where I can be at ease and just enjoy: the lion dance. There are not many people who have knowledge of the lion dance and probably couldn’t understand too much on how this dance excites me, intrigues me, captivates me with such power. But I assure you, that this lion dance has meaning and it can even spark your curiosity. I witness this event every year in south Houston, at my grandparents’ apartment complex. The lion dance is an event during Lunar New years, opening ceremony or just a celebration held to bring happiness to all the people. There are two different types of lion dancing, north and south. The type I witness is the south which is a more symbolic dance. It is usually performed as a ceremony to exorcise evil spirits and to summon luck and fortune. This dance requires drums, cymbals, a gong, a Buddha, usually two lions, and a head of lettuce with a red envelope my family calls, Li Xi. Li Xi is a small red envelope with an extravagant design on the front which contains the fee for the dance. It is usually distanced from the earth towards the grand sky attached to a head of lettuce for the lions to brawl over and devour. Lion dancers are usually required to be two of the top martial artists in the school or club. The music behind the dance plays a big...
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