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Hakka Mountain songs
Refering to this earlier email, I wonder anyone know
how the SanGe (Mountain Songs) originated. Someone had
said that it was influenced by the Zhuang minority
tribe in Guangxi.
However, if the Jiangxi Hakkas sing it, it couldn't
have spread all the way from Guangxi to Jiangxi (I
guess my geography is correct).
Another reason is that Jiangxi is among the earliest
Hakka settlements after migration from the north.
Guangxi was a later migration.
This is how people describe the localized Hakka
southern Jiangxi province.
There are many tea plantations in the mountainous
regions of Jiu Long Shan
(九龍山) in An Yuan county (安遠縣) of Jiangxi
province (江西省). The
inhabitants in these regions are the Hakkas who have
been living there
since they emigrated from the north about one thousand
years ago. While
they pluck the young tea leaves they sing their
mountain songs. Sometines
there were butterfies flying around the tea groves.
Being merry young
girls were trying to catch the butterflies but they
continued to sing.
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