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This is a section of a patchwork from the Miao tribe.  I find the creatures on the patchwork processing a lot charm, as this is handmade even if they are the same kind, are different.  This simple beauty is already hard to find in the digital age.

On this patchwork there are flowers, butterfly, fish, birds and dragons.  The Miao believes that creatures are interchangeable; a man can become a dragon and vice versa, fish butterfly, flowers and bird can also turn into dragon.  Recorded in one of the ancient songs, the butterfly has 12 sons, they had a fight and the water dragon was chased away.  He escaped through the waterways and into the ocean, then he realised he has forgotten to bring his money!  The fish surrounded his and offered him the money and he was able to become the king of the ocean.  There used to be a lot of these ancient songs which get passed down by mouth through generations, sadly only 12 songs were left.

A Beijing Opera’s adaptation to the Christmas song – Jingle Bells
its SO “something old something new” that I would like to share with you on X’mas day.

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun
it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

金溝杯、
金溝杯,
金溝歐了魏,
歐華芳,
一次鑾,
引了萬壑收奔雷

The Chinese lyric has nothing with the musical instrument  jingle bell and an open sleigh, but a war in the period of  Bai Chao  (400AD).  At the place of Jin Gou,  after a few drinks, the leader of Jin Gou attacked Wei and Ou.  He then went to Wei’s Jin Luan Dian palace.  This led Wei’s commander Wan He to counter attack like then thunder to claim back the lost land.