Kam Grand Choirs

2015-09-09 12:45:39 Author:culture Source:National culture Browse number:0 Comment 0 A

 Language: Dong language belongs to the Shui branch of Zhuang-Dong Language genre. The standard Dong language is represented by Rongjiang of Guizhou. It boasts 32 initials, 56 finals, 6 promoting soun
 Language: Dong language belongs to the Shui branch of Zhuang-Dong Language genre. The standard Dong language is represented by Rongjiang of Guizhou. It boasts 32 initials, 56 finals, 6 promoting sound ( Cu Sheng) and 9 soothing sound(Shu Sheng). Hence, it is rhythmical and responsible for the melodious Kam Grand Choirs. Dong language splits into two main dialects: northern and southern, the former absorbs the words and grammar of Mandarin Chinese while the latter sticks to its original features. In 1958, Dong people were encouraged to adopt Latin alphabet to record their language. 

Beliefs: Dong people are polytheistic; they deem everything around them possesses supernatural properties and adorn a myriad of gods in nature. At the core of their faith is Sa Sui Worship. According to their legends, Sa Sui was the great grandmother of Dong people, whom sacrificed her life to save them. She is omnipresent and omnipotent, who still protects the Dong people whole-heartedly. In southeast Guizhou, each Dong village has its own altar devoting to Sa Sui.

kam grand choirs
Dong people perform Kam Grand Choirs in Zhaoxing Dong Village(behind them is the famous drum tower)

Key Words of Dong people: musicians, dancers, handicrafts, Kam Grand Choirs, Drum Tower, Wind-Rain Bridge(Roofed Bridge), Embroidery, silver ornaments

Dong Festivals:
Main Dong Festivals include Dong New Year, Dong Bullfighting Festival, Firecracker Festival, Girls’ Day, Sowing Seeds Festival, King Lin's Day, Eat New Harvest, Reed-Pipe Dance Festival and various singing contests. Gaoba Singing Festival and Shengdeshan Singing Contest are participated with tens of thousands of people, which are very engaging...
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 Dong Festival: Gaoba Singing Festival

Main Villages: Dong Nationality Villages in Southeast Guizhou Province: The Villages of Dong Nationality-Liudong and Jiudong Villages
Top Dong Villages
zhaoxing dong village huanggang dong village
Zhaoxing Dong Village (the biggest) Huanggang Dong Village (the most authentic and best-preserved)
xiaohuang dong village tangan dong village
Xiaohuang Dong Village (enjoy the most beautiful Kam Grand Choirs ) Tangan Dong Village (a village is a museum)
yinshui dong village  
Yinshui Dong Village: a gem of Guilin  
Dong Architecture
Just as the saying goes: “ Dong people have three treasures: drum towers, Wind-Rain Bridge and Kam Grand Choirs.” Drum Towers and Wind-Rain Bridge testify to their extraordinary carpentry skills. All of these distinctive architectures are built by wood and stone. The most amazing part of their architecture is that not a single snail is used during the process.
dong architecture
 Dong Architecture

-------Drum Tower: it is the centerpiece of any Dong village, both physically and spiritually. Among all the ethnic groups, Dong people value community life the most. Drum towers is a place where they hold parties, discuss important issues, find soul mates and practice the Kam Grand Choirs. It also symbolizes the prosperity and union of a village. The five drum towers in Zhaoxing Dong Village worthy of a stopover. Mapang Drum Tower in Guilin is striking and Zengchong Drum Tower in Congjiang County is breathtaking. 

-------Wind-Rain Bridge (Roofed Bridge): to facilitate passengers and to improve Fengshui, Dong people build Wind-Rain bridges above rivers near their village. Made of fir woods and stone, these bridges are endurable and elegant. Sangjiang Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge is the most famous one.
chengyang wind rain bridge
 Sanjiang Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge
Dong Food
Featuring diversified raw materials, cheering table customs and sour flavor, Dong cuisine distinguishes itself from other minorities subtly. Dong people love sour dishes, which account to half of their menu. Famous dishes include Sour Soup, Picked Fish, Pickled Pork, Barbeque Fish and Niubie. Long Table Banquet of Dong people is very interesting.
 dong long table banquet
 Dong Long Table Banquet

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