21 Feb.
She Drum Tower Dazhai Drum Tower Drum Drum Tower Construction Project Miao Drum Tower Drum Drum Tower Picture

She Drum Tower Dazhai Drum Tower Drum Drum Tower Construction Project Miao Drum Tower Drum Drum Tower Picture

The Dazhai Drum Tower is majestic, rigorous in structure, and exquisite in craftsmanship. It looks like a polyhedral pagoda. It is generally more than 20 meters high, from the first floor to the top, and is supported by 16 Chinese fir columns. The heart of the building is wide and flat, about 10 square meters square, with a large fire pond in the middle with stone bars, wooden railings around it, and long wooden benches for rest. At the spire of the building, there is a Bao Gourd or Millennium Crane, which symbolizes the auspicious and safe village. The eaves corners of the building are raised and raised, giving people exquisite elegance. Drum Tower is the most prominent symbol of the Qiang village, a representative of the Qiang cultural system, and a symbol of the Qiang civilization. The Drum Tower is not used for living, but it is the most majestic, most gorgeous building in the village, and often consumes the most money and energy of the Dong people. Whether it is a dam village in Yipingping or a cottage surrounded by green hills, the beautiful Drum Tower always rises above the village. Generally speaking, a family or clan branch will be gathered under an ancient building. The predecessor of the Drum Tower was called the "card house", and the Qiang family called it "Dangka" or "Dangwa". "Dang" means place, and "card" or "tile" means everyone. The literal translation of "Dangka" and "Dangwa" is "the place where everyone speaks or discusses". Today's Drum Tower, in the Chejiang area of Rongjiang, is called "Hundred", and it is called "Jutang" in "Qian Ji". An ancient building contains many functions: resting and entertaining, gathering public discussion, drumming and reporting, welcoming guests, and worshipping ancestors. The change of the times has also continuously given various social functions to the ancient building, and it has been inherited from generation to generation, gradually enriching the connotation of the drum building, making it an indispensable symbol for the daily production and life of the Dai village. There are many types of drum towers, such as hall style, dry fence style, and dense eaves style. No matter what kind of drum tower, it is generally divided into three parts: upper, middle and lower. The upper part is the top part. A wooden pillar or iron pillar with a length of about 3 meters is used to stand in the center of the top cover, and 5 to 7 ceramic orbs are set from large to small to make the top part a gourd shape, like a tower tip Standing in the air. The roof is a colorful roof, mostly umbrella-shaped. The top cover has four, six or eight corners. The herringbone fighting arch below the top cover is like a honeycomb window with wooden statues surrounding the bird's nest and mud spots. The middle is a tiered building, shaped like a pagoda. The eaves of the building are generally hexagonal, and there are simple four corners or complex octagonal. Each side of the eaves angle is a warped angle, layer by layer, double eaves up. From top to bottom, one layer is larger than the other. The main body of the building is composed of four large, straight long fir trees, which are straight from the ground to the roof. Inside the building or sculpture, or painting, fish, insects, birds and animals, lifelike. The Drum Tower was donated by the villagers to contribute materials and fund-raising. It was designed and built by the Dong artisans. The entire building has no drawings, and the dimensions of hundreds of thousands of beams, rafters, and columns are all calculated in mind. This kind of skilled craftsmen can be found in Lixiang, especially in Guizhou Liping and Congjiang.

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