By Xing Ruan
Deals an architectural research of outfitted types and construction different types of the minority teams in southern China and of the Dong nationality specifically.
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In this sense, the fire pit signifies the continuity of a family. In addition to the balcony and fire pit room, the remainder of the house consists of bedrooms oV the main room. These rooms occur mainly on the second and third levels; occasionally there is also a fourth level. Ten to twelve rooms are about the average for one house. The elderly are provided with heated bedrooms in the back part of the house. 14). Textile making plays an important role in a Dong woman’s life. Not only the house but porches, bridges, and roadside pavilions frequently serve as textile workshops.
Small bridges are known as flower bridges in the southern Dong region. 11) or simply built on the ground without spanning a river. Although Dong bridges sometimes serve as temples, generally they house worldly activities. These bridges are frequently the scenes of social gatherings on hot or rainy days as well as locations for chance, romantic meetings under the moonlight. Dong bridges are found both outside and inside the villages. A zhai, or a village, may have several bridges. 12). The position of bridges within the overall settlement pattern has to be carefully chosen, however, for the bridges are believed to have fengshui powers that can protect the village’s wealth from being dissipated through rivers.
Indd 36 10/2/06 1:27:42 PM The basic Dong opera stage is a pile-built house that is open at the front with some additional rooms wrapping around the open stage. 17). Usually located near the drum tower, the opera stage commonly shares the square to form the center of a village. The opera stage occasionally has its own square that becomes another open space in the settlement. Village amateur opera troupes, which are often invited to perform in neighboring villages and towns, are warmly received by young and old.