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2 August 2011
 

Classic Daoist Music

Broadly speaking, there are three kinds of classic Chinese audio arts: folk music, palace melody and Daoist tune.

While the expressive folk songs are the main roots of the various local operas, the refined and elegant palace music served the both ceremonial and entertaining functions, normally performed by professional musicians or trained ladies of honour. As for Daoist tune, it is chiefly designed to assist the cultivation and the mediation processes, usually executed by skilled Daoist masters.

卫灵咒

Mantra of Soul Defender

华阳境天,地肺名山,峰混合,万古圣乡。气连巴蜀,境接东皇,祥辉八表,焕赫神光。三皇太初,肇启灵场,群礼皈仰,福庆攘攘。恭伸三谒,不滞幽灵,倾心顶祝,百日翱翔。

Performers: Daoists from Mt. Mao in Jiangsu Province

 

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Classic Daoist Music and Kungfu

The reputation of Wudang Kungfu in Daoist world is like that Shaolin Kungfu in Buddhist world. This video demonstrates how Daoist music associates with the whole range of cultivation practice, both mentally and physically.

中国武当功夫要旨:

以柔克刚、以静制动、后发先至。

The Daoist Kungfu featured in the video include:

Daoist Life Nourish Qigong (道家养生功) - Bare Hand Fighting (徒手对练) - Daoist Fly Whisk Kungfu (道家拂尘) - Cosmic Fist (乾坤拳) - Throat Lock Gun (夺命锁喉抢) - Virgin Kungfu (童子功) - Taichi Sword (太极剑)- Supreme Cool Palm (太乙逍遥掌) - Drunken Stick (醉棍) - Immortal Stick (八仙棍) - Yin-yang Whip (双鞭)

Performers: Daoist from Mt Wudang in Hubei Province

 

Classic Daoist Music and Rites

This performance exhibits the indispensable role Daoist music plays in the sacred Daoist ceremony that channels the invisible written message between the worlds.

步罡踏斗

法天地造化之象,日月运行之度。

"夫步罡者,飞天之精,蹑地之灵,运人之真,使三才合德,九炁齐并,鬼神转旋天地,一步一指,一转一旋,造化中全神明在左。... 一步像太极,二步像两仪,三步像三才,四步像四时,五步像五行,六步像六律,七步像七星,八步像八卦,九步像九灵。” (宋路时中《无上玄元三天玉堂大法》)

In the ceremony the Daoist masters walk along the path that is formulated by the shadowy reflection of the 28 major constellations in the sky, with their body swinging according to the moment shift of the celestial force.

Such poised and graceful body posture in harmony with the cosmic rhythm has been widely adopted by China's traditional performing arts, from palace dance to Beijing Opera.

Performers: Daoists from Mt Dragon Tiger in Jiangxi Province

 

The March of Anti-Machurian-Japanese Volunteers

Arise, ye who refuse to be slaves!
Let us build our new great wall.
The Chinese nation faces its crucial moment,
From each one the urgent call for action comes forth.
Arise! Arise! Arise!
Millions with but one heart,
Braving the enemy's fire, march on!
March on! March on! March on! On!

反伪满抗日寇义勇军进行曲

起来!
不愿做奴隶的人们!
把我们的血肉,
筑成我们新的长城!
中华民族到了最危险的时候,
每个人被迫着发出最后的吼声。
起来!起来!起来!
我们万众一心,
冒着敌人的炮火, 前进!
前进!前进!进!


Lyrics: Tian Han (田汉)
Music: Nie Er (聂耳)

 

Send Japanese Colonists to Hell!

大刀向鬼子们的头上砍去!

大刀向鬼子们的头上砍去!
全国爱国的同胞们,
抗战的一天来到了,
抗战的一天来到了!

Lyrics: Mai Xin (麦新)
Music: Mai Xin (麦新)

 

Tunnel Warfare

We are armed peasants
In the number of millions.
One hand clings to gun, one hand holds a hoe,
We're fighting for nation's survival.
When China is under attack,
Every decent Chinese becomes a warrior.
We'll stop at nothing,
Until the invaded Japanese are all kicked into ocean!

地道战

庄稼汉,嘿,庄稼汉,
武装起来千千万,
一手拿锄头, 一手拿枪杆,
英勇顽强神出鬼没展开了地道战.
侵略者, 他敢来,
地上地下一齐打.
侵略者他敢来,
四面八方齐开战,
全民皆兵, 全民参战,
把侵略者彻底消灭完.

Lyrics and Music: 傅庚辰

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