Spring Festival and Deities of Spring
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The New Year for different animals and the spring deity are described. A ritual called Ling qiewo is held during the New Year. The ritual takes place on one of two days during the New Year period, the “Goat New Year” or “Cow New Year”. These days are chosen according to the zodiac. A legend says that there were nine generations of male spring deities and seven generations of female spring deities. The water which Pumi people drink is offered by the spring deities. The deities give plants and all human beings life.
This recording comes from the Wangjiagou Pumi Collection by Hu Qianma. The collection contains forty-five audio files including numerous interviews and various genres of traditional songs recorded by Hu Qianma in the Pumi village of Wangjiagou, Jinmian Township, Ninglang County, Lijiang City, Yunnan Province, PR China.