UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritages in China (Ⅳ) (7)

(People's Daily Online) 15:23, May 30, 2023

Tibetan opera

The item, "Tibetan opera" was inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

Tibetan opera, the most popular traditional opera of minority ethnic groups in China, is a comprehensive art combining folk song, dance, storytelling, chant, acrobatics and religious performance.

Most popular in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in western China, the performance begins with a prayer ceremony, including the cleansing of the stage by hunters and blessings by the elder, and concludes with another blessing.

The heart of the opera is a drama narrated by a single speaker and enacted by performers supported by groups of singers, dancers and acrobats. Actors wear traditional masks of a variety of shapes and colours that contrast with their simple makeup.


(Web editor: Zhong Wenxing, Liang Jun)


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