Compare the dragon with the lion.
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The dragon is a legendary creature in Chinese folklore
The dancing lion is from Chinese folklore.
The parts
The dragon has nine anatomical resemblances.
Of the 117 scales, 9X9 =81 are of the yang essence (positive) while 36 9x4 are of the yin essence (negative).
The dragon has 9 offspring.
The parts
Always has a red sash tied to one horn.
Lion dance costumes are considered to be spiritually protective when used as they are traditionally blessed before usage.
Southern Chinese Lions eyes and mouth move.
The dragon dance is performed during Chinese new year and other festivities. Life sized cloth and wooden pupperts manipulated by a team of people.
The head of the Dragon must be able to co-operate with the body in combination with the timing of the drum
The dragon tail also has an important role to play as it will have to keep in time with head movements. The fifth section is considered to be the middle portion and the performers must be very alert as the body movements change from time to time.
Some of the patterns of the dragon dance are "Cloud Cave", "Whirlpool", pattern, "threading the money", "looking for pearl", and "dragon encircling the pillar".
The movement "dragon chasing the pearl" shows that the dragon is continually in the pursuit of wisdom. The movements are taken from Tai Chi.
The dancers carry the dragon on poles and can be seen.
The dance highlights skills and these can be seen in the intricasies of the dance patterns.
The lion dance is performed by 2 people.
The dancers are hidden.
Lion Dance is performed accompanied by the music of beating of drums, cymbals and gongs, instruments synchronise to the lion dance movements and actions.
The movements are taken from martial arts.
The dance highlights strength with lots of lifting.
The colours
yellow symbolizing the solemn empire
Green is sometimes selected as a main color of the dragon, which symbolizes a great harvest.
The colours
The lion with the white colored fur is considered to be the oldest of the lions.
The black lion is a young lion and its movements depict youth.
The red lions are from the North of China and generally the eyes and and ears do not move.
Other interesting information.
Dragons are believed to be the rulers of moving bodies of water, such as waterfalls, rivers, or seas.
The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck.
The Emperor of China usually uses the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power.
Descendants of the dragon are the Chinese people.
Other interesting information
At houses the lions are the guardiens. "Guard Dogs."
The male always stand on a ball on the right and the female has a cub on the left.
This is when you face the house.