Brief Introduction
Sub Units
Culture Bureaus
Zhejiang Culture & Art
Culture Themes
In Eastern Jin, Northern and Southern Dynasties, people of the north moved southward to take shelter from the war. The northern scholars found their dream place for settlement in Zhejiang with its beautiful sceneries and mild climate. The migration of people from the Central Plain brought with them some culture elements of the plain and northwestern minority groups. The dancing figures on the Wu Guan Ping Jian Dui Su from Ou Kiln dating back from Southern Dynasty in Rui'an showed that miscellaneous dances of the plain went hand in hand with Hu Dance which was very popular in Northern and Southern Dynasties. "The accessories, the movements and the bearings are quite similar with Uygur Dance of today, probably introduced from Western Regions at that time." (Chinese Dancers' Movements and Postures of Past Dynasties, Sun Jingchen and Wu Manying). In 1987, Yintou Natural Village of Kongjianong in Changshan County excavated a Sui Dynasty tomb. The brick carvings in it showed dancers with different postures and accessories from Han people of the south of the Changjiang River. Accompanied by the four-string and four-bar bending neck pipa and the long piping, the dance might be the dance that once appeared in Zhejiang during the grand cultural communication between different peoples in Jin, Northern and Southern Dynasties.
      Buddhism prevailed in Southern Dynasty as kings built temples one after another to carry forward the teachings of Buddhism. Ayu King Temple of Ningbo, Ling Shi Temple of Huangyan, Tie Fou Temple of Huzhou and Da Fou Temple of Xinchang were all built in this period. It was also in this period that the founder of Tiantai Sect in Buddhism Zhi Yi went to Mt.Tiantai, set up a straw hut there and started to sermon. The Buddhists asked the singers and dancers to help them air the tenets of Buddhism. Little by little, the ritual with singing and dancing was formed and so Buddhist dancing became popular. In addition, some wizards and witches, in order to add mystery to their tricks, always did witch dance when they were at the funerals, the sacrificial ceremonies or seeing the patients. The Buddhist dance, witch dance and Taoist dance in some places constituted the religious dances in Liu Chao Period (six dynasties all with their capital located in Nanjing from 222 to 589). In the book History of Jin-Stories of Hermits, Xia Tong of Yue State once saw a witch who was very pretty in her graceful dress. She was good at singing and dancing, and moved about airily like a nymph among her guests.
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