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Waist drum dancing still strong after 1,300 years

Jiuhe Zhuowu dance, which originated in Qonggyai County of Shannan in the Tibet Autonomous Region, has a history of more than 1,300 years.

It has been a favorite dancing form for locals to pray for good luck since ancient times and was dubbed the waist drum dance in Tibet.

Nyima, 76, is an inheritor of Jiuhe Zhuowu, a national intangible cultural heritage. He began to learn the dance from his father at the age of 9.

Nyima and his family had been serfs before Tibet’s cruel feudal serfdom was abolished in 1959.

Now, Nyima lives with his offspring at a new Tibetan house.

After decades of studying, he has formed a unique dancing style and once won a national award for folk arts. Nyima taught his grandson Cering Toinzhub the dance, trained dozens of apprentices and formed a Jiuhe Zhuowu performing team in Jiuhe Village.

He hopes the traditional folk art will be inherited and promoted.

The plateau region in southwest China celebrates its 70th anniversary of peaceful liberation this year.


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