The Art of Lion Dance

Joey Yap Research Group
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 The first book from the new Joey Yap Cultural Series


Despite its popularity as a form of cultural entertainment and competitive sport, the Lion Dance has a mystical aspect which is often not told and it is only known by the most traditional masters of the art. Now, for the first time, Joey Yap’s The Art of Lion Dance will lift the veil and bring to light the metaphysical elements, rich cultural history and symbolism behind the ancient dance.

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Publisher
Joey Yap Research Group
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Published on
Jan 1, 2017
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Pages
264
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ISBN
9789671303870
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Language
English
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This content is DRM protected.
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