Did you know that some modern lion dance troupes are affiliated with secret societies or gangs and fights still happen between rival groups.
Did you know that some fugitives used Lion Dance as a way to escape government oppression by hiding inside the costumes and some hid in performer’s boats that traveled from town to town.
Did you know that the Chinese Lion Dance did not get popular until rebellions of the Ch’ing Dynasty used the dance as a fake celebration to pass secret messages to other revolutionaries and to fund martial arts training. They would hide messages or money in red pockets inside lettuce and the lion would “eat” the lettuce.
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Ever wondered how lion dancers train or look without their costumes?