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Plowmen's rhyme

Plowmen's rhyme arose from villages in Taijiang area between 1784~1823. That time most people made their living by farming. In the daytime they were busy plowing or growing rice in the fields, but during the nighttime there's no such public entertainment. So farmers who lived in same neighborhood would get together, play musical instrument and improvise rhymes to amuse each other. Later on it became a performance style which comprises singing and acting. It portrayed young boys working in the field, eagerly to ingratiate the girls whom they adored. But the girls' father tried his hardest to drive those boys away.

The first trope which performs Plowmen's rhyme was from Ching Shan temple in Zhuqiao (Cigu).