From Ceremony to the Performing: the Historical Change of Dabaishou (Swinging Hands)
Abstract: Dabaishou (swinging hands) was aceremony for praying and driving off evil in Tujia Minority once prevalent, andit has undergone several hiatus and resume late since 20th century. therefore its ceremony and the ritual music have had great changes the content, form and function and other aspects, experienced the change process from the ceremony to the performing. This paper comparative research on three versions of the Dabaishou ceremony, and noted that the traditional ceremony taken the faith as the core, performance form complex and changes, with strong religious flavor; Today’s ceremony is developing in the way of simplification, which mostly appeared as cultural performing, its religious meanings gradually digested, only the part of sacrifice songs still existed.
Key Words: Dabaishou (swinging hands), ceremony for praying and driving off evil, ritual music, performing