The Historical Origin, Features and Values of Yi Flower-drum Dance
HUANG Long-guang;YANG Hui;Editorial Department of Journal of Yunnan Normal University;Chinese and Culture College of Yunnan Normal University;
As a ritual soul dance, Yi flower-drum dance is originated from the corpse amusing and soulscomfort of the ritual performance of Yi funeral poetic ancient book Dumuluoxizedou(the scripture). Its purposeis to escort the souls to Yi ancestors through the descendants' stimulation of trampling the knife-grass on theway back to the ancestral world and to effectively transit and smoothly transform the Yi souls between this lifeand the ancestral world. With the historical, holy, artistic and social features, Yi flower-drum dance according-ly functions as historical memory, cultural identity and regional harmony. It is of the study values of the rela-tive disciplines of history, religion, folklore, anthropology and intangible cultural heritage. With the full imple-mentation of the funeral reform in Eshan Yi Autonomous County on March 1, 2017, Yi traditional funeral asthe original time and space of Yi flower-drum dance performance and inheritance disappeared. Hereafter itsprimary functions have been lost. The structure and functions of Yi flower-drum troupes are to change. Allkinds of modern performance as purely artistic aesthetics are to be the trend of Yi flower-drum dance develop-ment.