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The bulk of the lion head used in the Hakka lion dance is made with straw and mud.
The Hakka lion prop requires two people to operate – one for the head, and one for the tail.
The Hakka lion is always accompanied by two figures – Monkey (left) and Fool (right).
The performance involves martial arts and weaponry such as sai (two-pronged melee weapon), moon axe, guandao (bladed pole), and the Hakka floral umbrella.
Today, Chen’s Hsinchu Hakka Lion Dance Cultural Association (新竹縣客家武獅文化協會) helps to train members of the younger Hakka generation in their traditional lion dance.
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