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Saga Gyaxie: a feast of strength and beauty

By Liu Fang, Zhi Xinghua Source:China Tibet News 2019年08月21日 09:49

Changgar Town is 105 kilometers away from Saga County of Xigaze City, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Drichu River in the town flows into Maquan River (Yarlung Zangbo River is called Maquan River in Saga County), which not only waters local trees and highland barley, but also gives birth to the Gyaxie culture. Changgar Town is the birthplace and hometown of Saga Gyaxie. Saga Gyaxie, being popular among local people and consisting of victorious and solemn songs and dances, has been listed in the second batch of national intangible cultural heritage in June 2008.

Gyaxie is not only a kind of dance, but also an epic poem. With a history of more than 1,300 years, it is a symbol of national unity as well as a witness of friendship between Han and Tibetan groups. As one of the eight "Xieqin" (famous song and dance performances) in Tibet, Gyaxie has strong ethnic and regional characteristics with unique costumes and performance form. Drum is an accompaniment instrument in its performance, presenting strong sense of rhythm, sometimes fast and sometimes slow. The form changes and the dance movements of male and female performers are different. Gyaxie's movements are very bold and unconstrained, and its performance tools include long waist knife and horsewhip, which show the brave and sturdy character of Tibetan people.


Photo shows the Saga Gyaxie performance.  [China Tibet News/Drakpa Wangchen, He Baoxia, Li Haixia]


Photo shows the Saga Gyaxie performance. [China Tibet News/Drakpa Wangchen, He Baoxia, Li Haixia]


Photo shows the Saga Gyaxie performance. [China Tibet News/Drakpa Wangchen, He Baoxia, Li Haixia]

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