are two main styles of lion dancing: The Golden
Northern Lion and the Southern Lion. The Northern
Lion is shaggy and is usually red, orange and
yellow in color. It is sometimes referred to as
the 'Peking Lion' for its resemblance of a Pekinese
dog. The Northern Lion Dance is less common than
the other styles of lions.
nobody knew for sure when the Golden Lion was
initially spotted, there were speculations that
it was sighted during the Tang Dynasty. The dance
however was believed to have originated thousands
of years ago.
to the Chinese folklore, the Golden Lion originated
from Tibet. Bordering the country of Tibet are
the Kun-lun Mountains in the North and the Himalayas
in the South. In this land of greenery, temples
headed by abbots dotted the landscape for its
people are arid followers of the Lama group.
these mountains, mysterious beasts occasionally
traversed. Because of the danger they posed, these
Lamas, besides having to devote their time in
their religious studies, also have to learn martial
arts to defend themselves. One
day, an old monk found a pair of lion cubs in
the Kun-Lun Mountains. The cubs being adorable
and harmless, with their coats of golden fur,
immediately found favor with the old monk who
named them "Golden Lions".
the old monk raised the cubs to mature as ferocious
lions. As these lions were fierce in nature, nobody
dared go near them. Fortunately, upon the blessings
of the gods, the lions were tamed and they became
inseparable companions of the old monk.