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Kuzhazha Festival of Hani Ethnic Minority

哈尼族苦扎扎节

Kuzaza is spent on lunar June by Hani people in Honghe Prefecture. As grand as Ang Ma Tu, it’s one of the major festivals of Hani group.


Legend goes that in the past when Hani people cultivated the wastelands for plantation, they damaged the homes of beasts. As punishment, Wume, the Deaf God, ordered Hanis to offer human lives as sacrifice in June. But Apimei, another God, thought out a good idea to save them, asking people to play on the seesaw mills, because when people were playing on the mills, the beasts would think they were seriously punished by god. From then on, human sacrifice was replaced by “Punished on the see-saw mills”, and Hanis spent Kuzaza on lunar Jun 24th to express gratitude to Apimei.  


The most compelling game for Kuzaza is seesaw mill. It’s made from special wood hewed at night and brought to village before the dawn. When the seesaw mill is ready, only it is consecrated by the respectable and elderly men can other people organize games on it.

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