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