Notes about the art of the Buyi Nationality


The Buyi have no written language. Their literature has been orally transmitted: myths, legends, songs and folktales, and their sacred scriptures Mojing. Among their myths some of the more widely known are: "Twelve suns", "Brother and sister create the human beings".

There are many songs that depict their customs. As "Legends of March Third", "The origin of build houses", "Killing tigers and shooting eagles", "Fight with the rhinoceros for the pearl", and "Legends of Huangguoshu waterfalls."

As reflect of their fights against oppression are the poems "Ali" and "Asan digs for sow".

They have a rich repertory of songs that are usually sung in ceremonies and festivals. In some places they invite professional singers to attend their wedding.s

Their songs are known as mountain songs. There are big songs, as they call the songs that are sung in wedding and funerals; and small songs, that are usually sung in festivals and love encounters. Sometimes they can spend 6-7 days singing without repeat any song.

Drums are their main musical instrument. They think is the oldest of them and the most sacred. Usually there are a lot of drawings in the drum outer side.

Among their dances the most famous are: Dance of Embroidery, Lion Dance and Dance of Husking Rice.

Their batik textiles are very famous in China, are also appreciated internationally.

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