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Passing Down Ancient Stories Through Song

There’s a saying amongst the Dong ethnic group in China’s Guizhou province: “Eat rice to nourish the body, and sing songs to nourish the heart.” The Dong’s hundreds of songs aren’t simply for pleasure; they’re the preservation of stories that predate written language. From her home of Zaidang Village, one of the music’s ancient centers, master singer Hu Guomei introduces us to this lyrical tradition.

This Great Big Story was made possible by Guizhou, China.