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9 Fierce Facts About the Lion Dance

9 Fierce Facts About the Lion Dance

One Hundred Children Playing in the Spring (百子嬉春图页), a 12th-century painting from the Song Dynasty that depicts a lion dance. Although rooted in China, the lion dance has spread across East Asia, with each region adding their own local variations. Now, after some reputation management, the lion dance is once again a celebrated custom—assuming you have a permit. If you’re more of a Jackie Chan fan, his early film The Young Master (1980) opens with an iconic lion dance battle. Later that year, another record was set when 3971 schoolchildren in Taiwan each donned a lion costume and performed the world's largest singly operated lion dance show.

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