Folk Stories of Ancient Fishing Goose

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Folk Stories of Ancient Fishing Goose

Ancient fishing geese folklore is a local folklore story based on fishery culture, which originated and spread in the Erjiegou area of Liaohe Estuary, Dawa County, Panjin City, Liaoning Province. It mainly includes the worship of ancient fishing geese ancestors, the worship of ancient fishing geese sea gods, the worship of ancient fishing geese dragon king, the sacrifice and celebration of ancient fishing geese, and the origin and evolution of ancient fishing geese fishing gear. It has great historical value, high scientific value, unique cultural value and great practical significance. It has been listed in the first national intangible cultural heritage catalogue of China. "Ancient fishing geese" has disappeared worldwide. Only the Liaohe River estuary remains, which can be regarded as the living fossil of human ancient fishing and hunting activities.

In 2006, the folk tales of ancient fishing geese were selected into the first national intangible cultural heritage list.

historical origin

Long ago, Erjiegou Town in Liaohe Estuary, Dawa County, Panjin City, Liaoning Province was the place where ancient fishing geese, a special group of fishermen, settled and gathered. The fishermen who support this livelihood do not have the strength of distant-sea fishing. They can only migrate along the coastal land and water edges like migratory birds, fishing shrimp on the beaches and shallow waters at the estuaries of rivers. Because this group inherited a kind of primitive fishing and hunting livelihood that did not settle down, Liaohe Estuary folk called it "ancient fishing geese". During thousands of years of migration, they have experienced the baptism of natural storms and the practice of tide, and formed a valuable and deep culture of fishing geese.

main features

The ancient fishing geese in Erjiegou are mainly fishermen who migrated from central and Eastern Hebei through dry land and land. They are the creators and inheritors of the folk literature of ancient fishing geese. Because of the particularity of livelihood, the folk literature of ancient fishing geese is quite different from that of common Island fishing villages. The distinct livelihood characteristics and primitive cultural heritage of the geese reflect the history and life, customs and traditions, beliefs and cultural creation of this group in an all-round way. In terms of form, the folk literature of ancient fishing geese is short in length, simple in plot, primitive in content and less developed and changed. Its main characteristics are:

First, the dependence and concomitance with fishing life. The folktale of "Ancient Fishing Goose" is the oral literature of a special group who makes a living by fishing. Its inheritance has gone through thousands of years. From the content point of view, the folk stories of "Ancient Fishing Goose" mainly reflect the group's nostalgia for the ancestors of "Fishing Goose", the worship of the sea king, Dragon King and nature, the description of the life footprint of the ancient fishing geese, the praise of heroes in the "Ancient Fishing Goose" group, the interpretation of the customs of sacrifice, marriage and funeral in production and life, etc. These ancient narratives are closely related to the fishing life of the "ancient fishing geese" group, with distinct dependence and companionship.

Second, the unique regional and industrial characteristics. Fishing geese live on fishing boats for a long time, and few people can read. Almost all the knowledge and skills of fishing customs such as navigation, fishing, sacrifice and so on are handed down orally. The content and way of inheritance are simple and primitive. Because of the strong sea production, limited space and short rest time, the stories of "Ancient Fishing Goose" are mostly short in form, simple in plot and lively in language.

Third, practicality and entertainment. Whenever fishermen work at sea, such as rooting, piling, netting, cargo lifting, stepping on piling boards, launching fishing boats and so on, they are accompanied by short and simple oral literature to stimulate people's energy and work fun. In leisure time, it injects color and vitality into the daily life of the old monotonous and closed groups of "ancient fishing geese". Therefore, "Ancient Fishing Goose" folktale was an important spiritual food for this group.

basic content

The folk literature of ancient fishing geese spread in Erjiegou of Liaohe estuary mainly includes the worship of ancestors of ancient fishing geese, sea god of ancient fishing geese, worship of Dragon King of ancient fishing geese, sacrifice and celebration of ancient fishing geese, origin and evolution of fishing gear of ancient fishing geese, etc. Historically, fishermen living in the Erjiegou area of the territory have migrated from spring to autumn from generation to generation, like migratory birds, and have been called "fishing geese community". It is precisely the ancient and rich life experience community that deduces the rich and magical "ancient fishing geese" culture in Panjin sea area and along the coast, the most representative of which is "ancient fishing geese" folk literature.

Inheritance value

The oral literature of ancient fishing geese is not only a history of the Chinese nation's salvage, but also an integral part of the communication between Chinese and Western cultures. It can be called a wonderful flower of the Chinese nation's marine civilization. Ancient fishing geese folklore records and reflects this ancient human civilization by oral history. Its primitiveness in myth and legend has great historical value. The legend of ancient fishing geese literature about the experience and technology of ancient fishing gear, shipbuilding, navigation and processing has high scientific value. The ancient fishing geese literature embodies the courage to take risks and dare to take risks. The pioneering spirit of opening up new routes and daring to discover new fishing grounds has more unique cultural value. It has great practical significance for Strengthening Marine consciousness, developing marine economy and purifying marine environment.

Inheritance and protection

The oral literature of ancient fishing geese in Erjiegou of Panjin Dawa County recorded the migration, fishing and hunting life of human ancestors under the gift and restriction of nature, and it did not stop until the semi-settled fishing and hunting period and the settled farming period. Ancient fishing geese have long disappeared in the estuaries of rivers and rivers along the coast of China and the world, but they are still preserved in the estuaries of Liaohe River, which can be regarded as the living fossils of human ancient fishing and hunting activities.

Because of the particularity of livelihood, the ancient fishing geese group was in a marginal state in Chinese society in past dynasties, and the literature rarely recorded it. In addition, in modern society, this way of livelihood has been interrupted in the coastal areas of China and in the seaport areas of the world. Old generations of ancient fishing geese have also passed away, and the folk literature of ancient fishing geese is on the verge of extinction. Based on this, the folk literature of ancient fishing geese in Erjie Gully of Liaohe River estuary is more precious. In order to protect this cultural heritage, at the beginning of the 21st century, the Ministry of Culture of China listed it as a national intangible cultural heritage. The Cultural Department of Dawa County excavated and collected nearly 1,000 myths, stories and legends explaining the origin of ancient boat nets and reflecting the primitive fishing life, and collected more than 1,000 fishing songs. Liu Zeting, a descendant of ancient fishing geese and a cultural man of fishermen's origin, can tell hundreds of stories and legends about ancient fishing geese, and is an important inheritor of folk culture of ancient fishing geese.

Guardian

Liu Zeting, born in 1944, is a descendant of the ancient fishing geese. Liu Zeting is a well-known local storyteller who excavates and collects thousands of myths, stories and legends that explain the origin of ancient boat nets and reflect the primitive fishing life. Since his youth, he has been interested in excavating, sorting out and protecting ancient fishing geese folktales. He is a master of ancient fishing geese folktales in Liaohe Estuary.

In 2006, the folk tales of ancient fishing geese were selected into the first national intangible cultural heritage list. In the same year, Liu Zeting was awarded the title of "Liaoning folk artist". In 2009, Liu Zeting was named the national representative inheritor of ancient fishing geese folktales.

Through digging, collecting and sorting out the information of the folk stories of ancient fishing geese, Liu Zeting has published Legends of Fishermen, Historical Tales of Fishermen's Customs and Folk Customs and Legends of Liaodong Bay, and 65 stories have been included in Liaoning Volume of Integrated Chinese Folk Literature. Among them, "Fisherman's Legend" won the second prize of northern Chinese folk literature in 1992, and "Fisherman's Folk Customs and History" won the first excellent prize of academic works of Chinese folk literature and art mountain flower prize in 2001.

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