Iron fireworks, firewire dragon dance Zhuzhou's intangle cultural heritages of fire
"Fire, a key to pass down Hunan culture" is a brilliant summary of Zhuzhou's intangle cultural heritages. By the end of 2018, there were 92 intangle cultural projects. There were 4 provincial-level representative inheritors and 74 representative representatives at the municipal level. The "fire" is an indispensable element of Zhuzhou's intangle cultural heritages such as Iron fireworks and firewire dragon dance.
Iron fireworks: tossing molten iron of 1500 °C by hand
Iron fireworks of You County
In the late Ming dynasty and early Qing dynasty, the blacksmith began to use the remaining molten iron as iron fireworks to make the blessings.
It began to go out of You County to the world.
The blacksmith is trained to be not afraid of the fire.
Tossing molten iron of 1500 °C by hand.
It is a unique traditional skill in China,
Only in You County
The tools, materials, processes, and performances are simple and unique.
The molten iron is made of white cast iron
Fuel is from locally produced carbon
Hazelnuts and spoons must be made of kaolin
It can be performed by one person
The molten iron is thrown by one hand and the other hand quickly hit it to the sky.
The hot metal is sparking in the air.
Starlight lamps: witnessing the living fossil of the millennium fireworks culture
Starlight lamps originated from Tianxin Village and Dongxiang Area of Baitutan Town, Liling City
It is one of the oldest and most characteristic fire dragon dances in China and the world.
According to Folklore, Liu Bowen invented a cure for local dysentery,
He mixed the sulfur and the bark and lighted it with fire.
Dirty places were disinfected in every Mid-Autumn Festival
People light fireworks made of sulfur and bark
for the custom.
Several men hold the firewire to run for the formation at will.
The activity gradually changes into a Starlight-lamp dance.
The props are called "firewire"
Charcoal powder made of pine bark, cedar bark
are filtered and mixed with nitrate
Wrapped with paper to two-piece of incense and roll it into a firewire
A firewire is made.
Starlight-lamp has 8 leading lamps
Qingji lamp, Kangtai lamp, day lamp, moon lamp, golden lamp, wooden lamp, water lamp, earth lamp
Behind the headlights, there are six lamps, so it is also called 7 starlight lamps
The dancers are all male.
Each firewire is lighted during the dance.
Dancing and sparkling fireworks make the night more splendid.