This nifty guide to lion dance shows that you don’t actually know much about it

Did you know you shouldn't touch a lion's mirror or that red ribbon on its head?

By Jeanette Tan | January 21, 2016

A series of cute drawings explaining the ins-and-outs and dos-and-don’ts of lion dance has been making its rounds on Facebook, courtesy of a local lion dance troupe.

Created by Taiwanese-American artist Ireny Pigblorps (or at least, that’s what she writes on her blog), “the beginner’s guide to chinese lion dance” would give pretty much anyone who isn’t a lion dance practitioner a new takeaway about the craft — certainly a sport in its own right.

Here are some of our favourites (although honestly, you should go through them in the order presented on her blog):

For the uninitiated:

Source: Irenydraws.tumblr.com
Source: Irenydraws.tumblr.com

For the REALLY uninitiated:

Source: Irenydraws.tumblr.com
Source: Irenydraws.tumblr.com

Betcha didn’t know all of the things here:

Source: irenydraws.tumblr.com
Source: irenydraws.tumblr.com

For those not used to being approached by a performer while standing innocently in the crowd:

Source: Irenydraws.tumblr.com
Source: Irenydraws.tumblr.com

And this very important one, in multicultural societies such as ours:

Source: Irenydraws.tumblr.com
Source: Irenydraws.tumblr.com

See the whole series of drawings here.

 

(H/T: Singapore Hequan Institute of Wushu & Lion Dance)

Top image and all images from irenydraws.tumblr.com.

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About Jeanette Tan

Jeanette takes pride in her ability to sing the complete lyrics to Hakuna Matata and a host of other Disney songs. She holds out hope to someday be talent-spotted to do voice-overs for documentaries, lifts and automated telephone answering systems.

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