Dao ethnic group
The ceremony begins from the moment the bride enters the bridegroom’s house. No matter which ethnic group the bride is from, when marrying a bridegroom from the Dao Lo Gang, the bride must follow the bridegroom’s traditional customs.
Dao ethnic group
An old woman is on hand to guide the bride in following the various customs of the bridegroom.
Dao ethnic group
Dao ethnic group
The bride must hide her face in order to ensure that no stranger can see her.
Dao ethnic group
A shaman gets preparations underway for the main rituals ahead of the wedding ceremony.
Dao ethnic group
Before the bride can enter the bridegroom’s house, the shaman asks her to step over a knife and a bowl of water placed at the main door.
Dao ethnic group
The bowl of water and the knife are placed in order to halt evil spirits potentially entering the house.
Dao ethnic group
Tradition dictates that the knife must be left in front of the house for a total of three days.
Dao ethnic group
The bowl of water is spilled and then turned upside down.
 
Dao ethnic group
Both the bride and bride groom receive support from relatives as they take part in the ceremony’s main rituals.
Dao ethnic group
It is traditional for the bridegroom and bride not to see each other during the wedding ceremony.
Dao ethnic group
It is customary that the bridegroom bows down a total of 12 times in order to pay homage to the ancestors.
Dao ethnic group
People of the Dao Lo Gang ethnic group play traditional musical instruments while the rituals are underway.
Dao ethnic group
Wine is among the offerings presented to the ancestors.
Dao ethnic group
The bride and bridegroom must drink wine during the rituals to show their promises to live happily together forever.
Dao ethnic group
The shaman then ties a red scarf onto the altar in order to protect the newly married couple. The scarf will be removed three days later.

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Music in wedding ritual of Red Dao in Lao Cai province

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Fire-jumping ceremony of Red Dao group becomes national intangible heritage

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