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Festival Bullfighting As Fun As Miao Silver Jewelry

By David Cheng

For years, the joyful handmade silver jewelry from the ethnic tribes of Miao in southern China has been making a big hit with the fashion world.

In fact, as one of the earliest tribes to live in China, the Miaos are also famous for its distinctive folklores and festival games.

Here are just one that brings tens of thousands of tourists in to watch.

Miao’s love for bull fighting is somewhat like the Spanish, but in a more sacred way. No blood is spilled, no bull gets killed. Bulls are their reverenced treasure, and the tradition has been kept for over 3, 000 years.

Each year on January 5, the game is staged. Adjoining villages all take part in, not for a handsome prize, though they do have one, but for honor and respect the victory can bring to a village.

And it is a battle of the blues! The winning bull brings the village it represents honor and respect from other villages.

Each village comes with one bull that is specially raised and trained for the game.

Before the game starts, a bull is fed with glutinous rice for good energy, and some liquor to boost courage. And like a athlete in a opening ceremony, a bull gets the chance to walk around in heavy decoration.

Next, the bulls are led to a open ground, where villagers all come to watch. As the judge makes the signal, the bulls are unleashed, and they charged for each other with mighty forces.

They may blow each other with their horns and deter the opponent, hoping it will give in. When that doesn’t work, they can change tactics and lock horns to exhaust each other’s energy. The tug of war may last for several minutes.

Sometimes, when the bulls are in nip and tuck, the villagers have to pull them away with ropes tied to the back leg of the bulls.

When the fight is over, the loser is taken home in disgrace, while the winner stays to receive the worship of the spectators. It may fight another year and win more applauses, or it will lives out its life comfortably in retirement.

The winning village gets a handsome reward.

D. Cheng enjoys sharing his knowledge of Chinese silver jewelry. To discover handmade silver jewels by the Miao tribe, visit his website about Chinese silver jewelry here.

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MLA Style Citation:
Cheng, David "Festival Bullfighting As Fun As Miao Silver Jewelry." Festival Bullfighting As Fun As Miao Silver Jewelry. 10 Jul. 2010. 4 Sep 2014 <>.

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