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The origin of Hua Ku Zhen (Drum-beating dance and parade)-Baozhong Township

Originally, the Township was named Pujianglung Village. In the Ching Dynasty, the Township was under the jurisdiction of Changhua County and later under Yunlin County in the 14th year of the Guangxu reign. In 1786, Lin Shuang-wen and Jhuang Da-tian started a resistance movement against the Ching court, attacking Chiayi and various castles. Jhang Yuan-cin and his elder brother Jhang Ming-yi gathered the local people, trained them to help the military forces of the Ching court, and finally defeated the rebel forces. The Emperor gave Jhang a new name “Baozhung” and offered the two brothers positions in the government to cite their efforts. This is how Baozhung Township got its present name, which means “citation”. Dabu Village, Baozhong Township, is the origin of “Hua Ku Zhen” (also called Hua Ku Nong or Fan Ku Zhen) which used to entertain the local farmers during the slack times in the early days. Today, this drum-beating dance is the source of local pride and a national treasure, and has often been presented as the grand finale in National Arts Festivals. Villagers of Dabu Village thus called their village “Dabu Hua Ku Village, showing their passion for Hua Ku Zhen. National arts festivals held by Yunlin County in recent years have included a wide variety of Hua Ku Zhen performances including the “Dancing Hua Ku, Dabu Love” activity provided by local communities as well as the nationally acclaimed Baozhong Elementary School Hua Ku Zhen Troupe. As dozens of teams performed all kinds of dance, the audience was given a special treat of this unique folk art culture. Hua Ku Zhen performances have become the highlight of the National arts festivals. The “Dancing Hua Ku, Dabu Love” activity in the Hua Ku Festival of Baozhong Township, Yunlin County is a cultural event. It brings honors to Baozhong people and allows Baozhong people to complete the cultural event with small yet strong strength.