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.