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Changes in the Songtao Area Miao Wedding Song "Sha" Since the Qing Dynasty

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DOI: 10.23977/jsoce.2023.051117 | Downloads: 4 | Views: 308


Long Hui 1,2


1 Faculty of History and Ethnic Culture, Guizhou University, Guiyang, China
2 Ethnography, Guizhou University, Guiyang, China

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Long Hui


The Miao is an ancient ethnic group that has continued to migrate throughout history, forming a rich cultural heritage. Songtao Miao is the earlier settled Miao in Guizhou, and different branches and different dialects have been formed among the Miao in the mountainous areas of Guizhou. Since the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Songtao area, as a "passport" between Guizhou Province and the outside world, has absorbed the cultures of other ethnic groups, and this is how Songtao Miao wedding songs have been formed. However, with the development of culture, the wedding songs has been changing: the grammatical structure, singing rhythm and singing occasions have become more diversified, and Chinese vocabulary has been widely used in the wedding songs. Based on previous studies, this paper explores the changes of Miao wedding songs in Songtao, including the continuous enrichment of Songtao Miao wedding song lyrics since the Qing Dynasty, the changes of Songtao Miao wedding songs with the change of regimes, and the singing of classics such as the "Ancient Songs of the Miao People", and the addition of lifelike singing styles.


Songtao Miao, Wedding song, Evolution


Long Hui, Changes in the Songtao Area Miao Wedding Song "Sha" Since the Qing Dynasty. Journal of Sociology and Ethnology (2023) Vol. 5: 128-136. DOI:


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