Chinese Lion Heads / Mask
Lions are animals that are regarded as guardians in Chinese culture. Asiatic lions, which are native to nearby India, are the inspiration for the costume used in the Chinese lion dance. Although originating in China, the dance itself is performed in many countries and has numerous variations and incarnations.
In China, lion daces are generally performed by two people and can be further categorized into the Northern Chinese lion dance and the Southern Chinese lion dance. The Northern lion dance has its origins in imperial China as a form of entertainment . The lion is usually red, orange, or yellow in hue and the dance itself is quite acrobatic and occasionally features high risk stunts.
Southern Chinese lion dance is amore allegorical dance. The dance is usually performed as a way to ward off evil spirits while good fortune. The costume is more ornate and colorful and the dance is often seen as a symbol of the Chinese New Year and new beginnings. Purchase one of these lion dance costumes with specific ones for kids, adults, amateur or professional performers. Understand and appreciate traditional Chinese culture with these elaborate lion dance costumes.