Craft expert Yang Yunxia from the county's Shaba Village carves a mask for Nuo opera. Nuo, which means to exorcise bad spirits, was a popular type of sorcery that can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1046 BC) or even earlier. [Guizhou Ethnic News]
Currently, the region has 29 officially-recognized inheritors at all levels.
Under the scheme, these masters will enjoy financial compensation for loss of working time, a subsistence allowance and an inheritance subsidy.
(Source: Guizhou Ethnic News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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