Cultures and arts created by Nu people

The Nu people have created many special culture and arts, all passed on from generation to generation by oral tradition. These oral literatures often take the forms of melodies, which are often sung without preparation or planning. The melodies have certain rhythms and take a lot of forms. There are Hunters' melody that describe the life of hunting; there are Corn melody that describe the farming scene; there are Proposal melody that describe the love between people; and there are Lament melody to express great sadness for somebody who has died.

Yu Wulin and his wife Lu Binghua sing and dance at their family stay in Laomudeng village of Pihe Nu ethnic township in Fugong county,

Lisu autonomous prefecture of Nujiang, Southwest China's Yunnan province, May 27, 2017. (Photo from Xinhua)

Nu people have been living in mountains and they are familiar with the living habits of various kinds of animals. The Nus have produced many dances that copy the activities of animals. For example, there are dances showing how monkeys break off corncobs, how pied magpies eat food, and the dances of the birds. There are also dances that express the ordinary life of Nu people, such as the dances of hunting, collecting bamboo leaves, harvesting in autumn, wedding party, washing clothes and so on. Nu people like to dance. They dance to express their feelings, no matter when they are happy or sad. Their dances are straightforward, agile, bold and unconstrained, just as the people are. The rhythms are vivid and sprightly.

A Nu man sings and plays with Dabiya in Laomudeng village of Pihe Nu ethnic township in Fugong county, Lisu autonomous prefecture of

Nujiang, Southwest China's Yunnan province. (Photo from news.cri.cn)

The Nu musical instrument includes Dabiya (a kind of pipa), Kouxian, Dizi (Chinese flute). Dabiya is the most popular. Many men play Dabiya. Dabiya has the shape of pipa, and is ellipse or triangle. Nu people play Dabiya when they leave home for a long journey, go hunting, do farm work, get married, have festivals or pay court to girls. The girls play Kouxian (a kind of musical instrument made of strings and thin bamboo pieces. People play it by plucking the stings and blowing) made by themselves. Young people use music instead of words to communicated with each other.

The Nu people sing and dance in Laomudeng village of Pihe Nu ethnic township in Fugong county, Lisu autonomous prefecture of Nujiang,

Southwest China's Yunnan province. (Photo from news.cri.cn)



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