这部时长80分钟的电影，讲述了老子第十八世孙李满山的一生。电影放映前，该电影制作人、民族音乐学家Dr. Stephen Jones将会介绍电影制作背景，还会在电影放映后和大家交流，解答大家提出的问题。
时间：Feb 24 (Wed) 5pm 无需注册
地点： Law Faculty (Sidgwick Site) room G17
This moving portrait of the diverse activities of Li Manshan and his group serving their local community in a rapidly changing rural China will fascinate anthropologists, scholars of Daoism and folk religion, world-music aficionados, and all those interested in Chinese society.
This intimate 80-minute portrait film explores the life of eighth-generation household Daoist Li Manshan (b.1946), leader of a group of ritual specialists in the poor countryside of Yanggao county in north Shanxi, China. Ethnomusicologist and film-maker Dr. Stephen Jones (SOAS) will briefly introduce the film, and respond to any questions or comments after the screening. He has known the group since 1991, and since 2005 has also taken them on several tours of Europe and the USA. The film shows both Li Manshan’s funerary practice as leader of his ritual group and his solo activities — determining the date for the burial, decorating coffins, and even his work in the fields. We are led into the vocal liturgy, percussion, and melodic instrumental music of their magnificent funeral rituals, learning how ritual practice has changed since the 1930s — and even since the 1990s, under challenges such as migration, the modern education system, and the competition at funerals from pop music.
Li Manshan: Portrait of a Folk Daoist
Feb 24 (Wed) 5pm Law Faculty (Sidgwick Site) room G17
(Part of the China Research Seminar Series, FAMES)
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