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Tobacco Case Dance of the Yi ethnic group

Updated: 2013-01-10 11:07

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The tobacco case dance belongs to the Yi ethnic group folk culture, popular in the Yi inhabited area of China’s Yunnan province. The performers always hold one cigarette case in each hand while performing, which is where the dance got its name. It was listed as China's intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture of China in 2006.

It is said Yi people disguised themselves as wild beasts and acted like them in order to hunt the beasts as food in ancient times. Later, the imitation of those moves evolved into today’s tobacco case dance.

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