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Prince of Peacock Dance in Ruili: Peacock Should Perform Mode
Update:2015-10-03       

  Yuexiang is 63 years old and lives now in Hansha Village, Ruili. As a famous folk artisan among China-Myanmar border areas, he had been entitled as “the successor of national intangible cultural heritage” few years ago and was also lauded as the modern “prince of peacock dance”.

  Yuexiang argued that traditional peacock dance has not disappeared. “In past, the dancers were all men, but now almost all peacock dancers are women. In terms of modern peacock dance, besides Dai people, visitors and friends from every corner of the world are willing to learn and dance”, said Yuexiang.

  Yuexiang explained that in past, there were no schools and some boys in the village would be sent to temples where they could learn something and served as acolytes, which became a traditional custom gradually. Now, situation has changed. There are many schools and the traditional custom is also disappearing gradually, which is a normal and reasonable change that we should accept without surprises.