20 Women Line Up Single File, Mind Bending Performance Leaves Internet Awestruck
Joshua Patton 1/6/2018
For many, many years the people of China were all but cut off from the world, meaning that much of their stunning cultural contributions to the world remained a mystery.
That changed in 1972 when then-U.S. President Richard Nixon traveled to the reclusive country and arguably reintroduced the country to the world. Now in the age of social media and streaming video, we're able to see amazing things that we might not otherwise have had the chance to.
One such bit of cultural awesomeness comes in the form of a unique dance that hadn't been widely shared with the world until the mid-2000s. The dancers wear elaborate costumes of yellow silk bedecked with jewels. They also stand in a straight line, and never move their feet.
Called "The Dance of the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin", it is tied to East Asian mythology in a very interesting way. Guan Yin is a bodhisattva--the Buddhist version of a godess--more commonly known as the "Goddess of Mercy". Her name loosely translates to "she who watches over the suffering world".
Part of this myth is that in order to reach out to those who need her help, Guan Yin has one thousand hands.
These dancers showcase this by performing an elaborate routine of synchronized arm movements. Looking at the dancers head-on, it almost appears as if the lead performer has dozens of hands and arms. The movements occur in perfect synchronicity creating a mesmerizing view.
Like all mythology, the truly amazing part of it is not the gods or goddesses the stories are about, but the mere mortals who bring their legends to life. This massively coordinated dance that is crucially kept in-time to the music is being performed by a dance troupe comprised of deaf dancers.
Part of the Chinese Disabled People's Arts Troupe, these dancers can't hear the music but thanks to hard work and hours upon hours of practice their performance is not affected in the least.
The troupe encourages their disabled members to help each other. Those who are visually impaired serve as the "ears" for the deaf performers who, in turn, serve as the "eyes" for the blind ones.
While Guan Yin is meant to aid those who are suffering, these performers actually do it. They show the disabled folks all over the world that no matter their ailment, they can do anything they want and it will be beautiful.
Watch this mesmerizing performance below: