5. Landscapes and Flower Songs: Proposing the Hypothesis of Agriculturalist-Pastoralist Coalescence as the Origin of Hua’er Festivals

Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers

Lukas Park [+-]
Soochow University
Lukas Park is currently assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the Soochow University School of Music. He completed his Ph.D. in musicology in 2015 at the University of Vienna, with specializations in the fields of ethnomusicology and sinology, and further studied at Fudan University in Shanghai and Qiqihar University. His academic interests focus on Chinese culture and music, especially underground rock culture and traditional folk music. His current research concentrates on northwestern hua'er music and embraces minority issues and Chinese mountain songs.

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Hua'er is a vocal folk music style sung in China's culturally diverse northwest. Many theories regarding it's origins exist. Here I propose that hua'er - and especially the annual hua'er festivals - are a result of the intermixing of pastoral (e.g. Tibetan) and agricultural societies (e.g. Hui Muslim). At these gatherings many people engage in singing, occasionally sexual activities offside the main performances have been accounted for. However, Chinese scholars seem hesitant to publish this hypothesis of origin. Drawing on expert interviews and social media inquiries as researching methods, results point to both, academic as well as ideological grounds for this.

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Park, Lukas. 5. Landscapes and Flower Songs: Proposing the Hypothesis of Agriculturalist-Pastoralist Coalescence as the Origin of Hua’er Festivals. Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2020. ISBN 9781781797594. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35828. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35828. Mar 2020

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