DAY 4 SHANDONG TRAVEL: CULTURAL SHOW OF FENGSHAN SACRIFICES
MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 203: MIGHT VERSUS RITES
rites weak to protect
muscles mightier than rights
grandeur with gold wall
After our dine at the town of Taian city, we drove to watch this open staged cultural show in mid hills. It was dark when we reached there. The steps were dimly lighted, but it was an easy ascend. There was an auction sales on Chinese painting and calligraphy by prominent artist. The show started on time, and almost fully seated. The choreography and colourful lighting were great. There were a few hundred actors and actresses. It was about Fengshan sacrifices at Jade Peak, Mount Tai. The story began with a grandpa telling the story of emperors and their rites on Heavenly Mandate, and ends with a note that the common folks are even better than past emperors in getting to the peak. The story line was quite boring. The audiences saw great movement of people ascended and descended the steep stage in changing scenes, with grand costumes. The wind was strong with the passing night, bringing sands with it. It was cold. Many audiences began to leave. We watched to the end, without extra fun fare.