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Lion Dance to ward off demons, The Lion Dance is a masked dance performance. According to traditional Chinese beliefs, the lion signifies courage, stability and superiority. The Lion’s Dance is performed to chase away ghosts and evil spirits, and since the monsters, ghosts, evil spirits and giants like ‘Nian’ are afraid of loud noises, bright lights and the colour red. Lion Dances are accompanied by a cymbal, a gong; street scene, China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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