Xishuangbanna: Jinuo Dance

The morning at Jinuo Mountain was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to southern Yunnan Province. I had a terrific guide.  I had not had breakfast that morning and so I was relieved to be served some traditional snacks of the Jinuo people while being treated to a dance show.

The food was served along with distilled liquor, not unlike baijiu (the Chinese sorghum liquor that tastes like it belongs at a petrol station rather than a dinner table).

The young men would pour the liquor from a bamboo vessel into a thimble-sized cup for each guest.

Young ladies would serve the tables.

The dancing was a way for the dancers to communicate aspects of daily life to the audience. There were examples of work, courting, and prayer.