Title

Sumozhe suppressed, huntuo halted: An investigation into the nature and stakes of the cold-splashing Sogdian festal dramas performed in early eighth century Tang China

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2017

Subject Area

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Abstract

This article investigates two specific dramatic elements-the huntuo and the sumozhe-at the core of the controversial "cold-splashing Sogdian plays" (pohan huxi. The huntuo could be a felt hat, an oilcloth, a pelt headdress, or a theatrical striptease. With deep multicultural roots, the sumozhe (samaja) combined masquerade, ambulatory drama, dance, and music into a boisterous spectacle. In addition to examining the high cultural stakes underlying the public performance and imperial support (or prohibition) of these plays in early eighth century Tang China, this essay proposes a link between these hibernal festal dramas and Turkish Köse plays.

Publication Title

Frontiers of History in China

Volume

12

Issue

2

First Page

262

Last Page

300

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.3868/s020-006-017-0013-2

ISSN

16733401

E-ISSN

16733525

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