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Tujia Crying Marriage

Culture 2017/04/01 View:921

Tujia girl was wedded by cry on the marriage day. The bride shall cry before more than half a month the wedding, some will cry for more than one month, 3-5 days at least. The Tujia people take to sing the crying marriage song as a woman's wisdom and virtue sign. The crying marriage song includes “Crying parent”, “Crying elder brother and his wife", “Crying uncle”, “Crying sisters”, “Crying matchmaker”, “Crying comb”, “Crying flowering”, “Crying to bid farewell father and mother”, “Crying to bid farewell forefather”, “Crying on sedan chair”, etc. Now the crying marriage is only a ritual.

“Crying marriage song” is of the Tujia custom folk song. The girl shall sing “Crying marriage song” within one month before marriage, to tell the unfortunate fate of Tujia women under the feudal forced marriage system and nostalgic feeling of dismay. According to custom, the girl will cry to sing for 7-15 days, a month at most, until the girl's crying voice is hoarse.

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