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Mysterious Nuo Culture

 2012-12-19    kate    Activities    Chongqing    907  

Nuo is a mysterious and ancient primitive ritual, for the purpose of exorcism, epidemic prevention and thanksgiving god. As the ancient primitive religious culture, Nuo is the symbiotic culture phenomenon for all ancient peoples of the world, focusing on the witchcraft activities.

Nuo opera (Pinyin: nuóxì), known as Nuo Dance, also the ghost-driver, is one of the Chinese local operas, popular in Sichuan, Guizhou, Anhui Guichi Qingyang, and western mountainous areas of Hubei. Nuo opera is a carrier of the ancient Nuo culture, has attracted more and more attention in recent years. Nuo opera is the drama transformed from exorcising activities, as well as the living fossil of drama.

There is a wide range of distribution of Nuo culture in Hunan, Jiangxi, Hebei, Chongqing, Sichuan, and Yunnan, etc. Nuo formed in the Tang and Song dynasties and rooted in folk, very obscure and mysterious.

Nuo opera has numerous of ceremony and appliances. The Nuo mask is an important characteristic to define the art of Nuo opera.

Take a look at some photos of utensils, masks and ritual of the Nuo opera. 

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