Turn over to the nine floor

Home Culture 2019-04-29

Turn over to the nine floor

The Ninth Floor, also known as the Ninth Floor, is a traditional folk activity popular in northeastern Fujian and southern Zhejiang. It is mostly used in rituals such as praying for rain, praying for blessings and disaster relief. The performance of turning over the ninth floor is simple, but the action is very dangerous. It was successfully selected into the national non-legacy list in 2008. With Xiaoshan becoming more and more famous for "turning over the ninth floor", the performing area has gradually expanded from Xiaoshan to Shaoxing, Zhuji and other surrounding cities.

In June 2008, Hangzhou and Dongyang City of Zhejiang Province declared that the ninth floor was turned over and listed in the second batch of national intangible cultural heritage list with the approval of the State Council.

historical origin

"Turn over the Ninth Floor ", also known as "hanging the Ninth Floor", was successfully selected into the national non-legacy list in 2008. The costume of the performance is simple, but the process is very dangerous. According to Xiaoshan local traditional folk custom, when people die, they need to "turn the ninth floor" to perform beyond the soul of death.

Talking about the origin of the ninth floor, it is derived from a long-standing traditional folklore. It was 226 years ago, when Qin Shihuang built the Great Wall, Meng Jiangnu went to the foot of the Great Wall to find her husband. When she learned that her husband had died in the process of construction, she burst into tears and set up a platform to shout for his grievance and surpass the soul of death, which caused the Great Wall to collapse. Since then, such a traditional folk custom has spread in the south of the Yangtze River. Its form of expression is to turn over the ninth floor, especially in the two towns of Puyang in front of Xiaoshan.

Folk activities

It's easy to perform on the ninth floor. Only four Chinese fir pillars, two folded tables and some fixed ropes are needed, while nine eight immortal tables can be borrowed from neighbors. When we got to the performance place, we began to set up a platform. We joined four wooden pillars into two 10-meter-long pillars. We found a flat place to fix them. Then we stacked nine eight immortal tables on top of them in turn and fixed them with ropes. On this basis, performers will also put two irregular small folded tables, table foot to table foot, as the "stage" of the performance. It's just that the "stage" is more than 10 meters high in the air. At the time of the performance, the loudspeaker suona blew up first. After the field became hot, the "ninth floor" began. At first, the performer has to make a "bottle-piercing" action. Only through the smooth passage can the performance continue. The performance began, and the performer first rolled over from the second eight immortals table below, and finally arrived at the small stack table. Then on the folding table, they perform the actions of grinding tofu up and down, Golden Chicken independence, boy worship Guanyin, inverted purple bell and swing. And all the performances, there is no security measures.

Qian Xiaozhan, the only heir of the Ninth Floor in Xiaoshan, was also named the representative heir of the national intangible cultural heritage. He said, "In fact, it is not easy to perform the Ninth Floor in peacetime." According to the folk custom, the main purpose of "turning over the ninth floor" is to die in excess of the dead soul. Therefore, we should be very careful. But once the performance is performed, even if it rains and winds, as long as the host does not stop, the performer must continue to perform. In fact, the "nine" of "turning over the ninth floor" is not an exact number, but an imaginary number, which means more. Qian Xiaozhan's turn over is called "Xiao Ninth Floor". There is also a "Big Ninth Floor". It is a pyramid shaped by 49 eight immortal tables. It does not even need to be fixed by wooden stakes. It is even more dangerous. However, the "Big Ninth Floor" has long been lost, leaving only "Xiao Ninth Floor".

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