The Role of Nanyue Ritual Songs in Promoting Literacy and Cultural Education in Longhui County, Hunan, China

Jinbiao Zhou, Sayam Chuangprakhon


Nanyue ritual songs are traditional vocal performances that hold religious and cultural significance, they are associated with worship ceremonies dedicated to the Nanyue gods. This study explores the role of Nanyue ritual songs in promoting literacy and cultural education in Longhui County, Hunan, China. The research site, Longhui County, is known for its rich cultural heritage and unique geographical location. The study employs a qualitative research method, including fieldwork and interviews with key informants who have expertise and experience in Nanyue ritual songs. The data collected undergoes comprehensive analysis, considering the religious and social functions of the songs as well as the development they have undergone. The research findings highlight the religious function of Nanyue ritual songs in guiding worship ceremonies, facilitating communication with the divine, and creating an enchanting atmosphere. Additionally, the social function of the songs in inheritance and education, entertainment, and social interaction is emphasized. The study also discusses the development of Nanyue ritual songs, considering the impact of changes in travel modes and societal shifts. The research suggests the importance of preserving and respecting these songs as a vital part of the local cultural heritage and promoting cultural education within the community.


Nanyue Ritual Songs, Longhui County, Cultural Education, Religious Function, Social Function

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