Allegorical Architecture: Living Myth and Architectonics in by Xing Ruan

By Xing Ruan

Deals an architectural research of outfitted varieties and construction varieties of the minority teams in southern China and of the Dong nationality specifically.

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Source: Photograph by Xing Ruan, 1992. indd 36 10/2/06 1:27:42 PM The basic Dong opera stage is a pile-built house that is open at the front with some additional rooms wrapping around the open stage. 17). Usually located near the drum tower, the opera stage commonly shares the square to form the center of a village. The opera stage occasionally has its own square that becomes another open space in the settlement. Village amateur opera troupes, which are often invited to perform in neighboring villages and towns, are warmly received by young and old.

A water buValo was slaughtered and shared by all the participants. The kuanx continued to work until the early Republican period. But now the system of village chief (nyens laox) still operates, coexisting with the Communist administrative system. C u lt u ral L i fe an d A r c h i te c tu r e Dong architecture is built with China fir, a tree that they call shan, or sha. The Dong are believed to have had a long history of planting and culti­vating China fir. The Dong region is also one of the best-known forest zones in China.

Until dawn, traditional songs mingle with the playing of the flute and pipa. The next morning, dressed in their finest woven and embroidered clothing and adorned with handmade silver bangles, the women assemble in their own ­ village drum tower to wait. From the other village, the young men ­deliberately walk back and forth three times, playing flutes and drums, before the women are coaxed into accompanying them to their village for more fes­tivities. Another popular musical form of the Dong is the folk opera.

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