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Lisu Hot Springs Bath Gathering

Lisu Hot Springs Bath Gathering

Every Spring Festival, the Lisu people gather at the Hot Springs by the Nujiang River in NW Yunnan. By taking baths and washing off dirt with sacred spring water, people hope for forthcoming auspiciousness

Luoma, Yi Tiger Festival

Luoma, Yi Tiger Festival

The Yi worship the tiger as their grandest totem. Yi people from Shuangbai County (Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province) once lived in a mystical forest disturbed by serpents and wild beasts. Under the direction of the black “Tiger King,” they offer sacrifice and dance to reflect the journey and way of life of the Yi people as they visit each house to guard the village from evils. Thus “Luoma,” the Tiger Festival, was created to display The Yi people’s tiger-like strength and valor.

 

Yi Costume Festival

Yi Costume Festival

Nearly two thousand Yi gather on a hillside in Yongren County for their annual costume festival. Their embroidery contains important symbols of Yi myths and legends. 

Long ago, there was a young Yi couple in love. They met in the forest, and in pursuit of the girl, the Devil King killed the boy. As the girl fled to the edge of the village, she suddenly heard the loud crow of a cock. An old man taught her to make a cock crow to call out the sun and drive the Devil away. The girl saved her boyfriend, and the villagers decided to show their gratitude for the cock that saved their life. Yi people began to make cockscomb hats and now believe that it can bring luckiness, brightness, safety and happiness to the world. It is said that the silver bubbles on the hat stand for stars and moon, and symbolize eternal light and happiness.

Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple

Rub You Black

Rub You Black

The Wa people live in Cangyuan, within the Awa Mountains on the borders of Burma and China. According to legend, if the Wa sacred medicine "niangbuluo" is rubbed onto girls faces, they become increasingly beautiful; onto elders faces, they will be healthy and long-lived; onto children's faces, they will be safe and lucky. Now they rub mud mixed with perfume.
Stone Forest

Stone Forest

The Stone Forest dates back to the Ming Dynasty- 270 million years ago,  water with a vast stretch of limestone sediment formed on the seafloor. Stone peaks, pillars, and stalagmites rose from the ground and towered into the sky, looking like a vast forest of stone. My great grandfather's signature, General and Governor Lung Yun 龙云 , is prominently carved in red above the entrance (not pictured here).

YI YANG 彝阳

YI YANG 彝阳

My mother is from the Black Yi ethnic group.  Before celebrations, Yi men often get together and blow trumpets to welcome guests and ward off evil spirts.

Lisu Hot Springs Bath Gathering

Every Spring Festival, the Lisu people gather at the Hot Springs by the Nujiang River in NW Yunnan. By taking baths and washing off dirt with sacred spring water, people hope for forthcoming auspiciousness

Luoma, Yi Tiger Festival

The Yi worship the tiger as their grandest totem. Yi people from Shuangbai County (Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province) once lived in a mystical forest disturbed by serpents and wild beasts. Under the direction of the black “Tiger King,” they offer sacrifice and dance to reflect the journey and way of life of the Yi people as they visit each house to guard the village from evils. Thus “Luoma,” the Tiger Festival, was created to display The Yi people’s tiger-like strength and valor.

 

Yi Costume Festival

Nearly two thousand Yi gather on a hillside in Yongren County for their annual costume festival. Their embroidery contains important symbols of Yi myths and legends. 

Long ago, there was a young Yi couple in love. They met in the forest, and in pursuit of the girl, the Devil King killed the boy. As the girl fled to the edge of the village, she suddenly heard the loud crow of a cock. An old man taught her to make a cock crow to call out the sun and drive the Devil away. The girl saved her boyfriend, and the villagers decided to show their gratitude for the cock that saved their life. Yi people began to make cockscomb hats and now believe that it can bring luckiness, brightness, safety and happiness to the world. It is said that the silver bubbles on the hat stand for stars and moon, and symbolize eternal light and happiness.

Yuantong Temple

Rub You Black

The Wa people live in Cangyuan, within the Awa Mountains on the borders of Burma and China. According to legend, if the Wa sacred medicine "niangbuluo" is rubbed onto girls faces, they become increasingly beautiful; onto elders faces, they will be healthy and long-lived; onto children's faces, they will be safe and lucky. Now they rub mud mixed with perfume.

Stone Forest

The Stone Forest dates back to the Ming Dynasty- 270 million years ago,  water with a vast stretch of limestone sediment formed on the seafloor. Stone peaks, pillars, and stalagmites rose from the ground and towered into the sky, looking like a vast forest of stone. My great grandfather's signature, General and Governor Lung Yun 龙云 , is prominently carved in red above the entrance (not pictured here).

YI YANG 彝阳

My mother is from the Black Yi ethnic group.  Before celebrations, Yi men often get together and blow trumpets to welcome guests and ward off evil spirts.

Lisu Hot Springs Bath Gathering
Luoma, Yi Tiger Festival
Yi Costume Festival
Yuantong Temple
Rub You Black
Stone Forest
YI YANG 彝阳