Taoist Music of Wudang Mountain
Wudang Mountain, one of the most sacred mountains of Taoism, offers the listener a good collection of such music. The Taoist music is played at fasting, meditation, celebrations for the gods’ birthdays, prayers, religious services, and so on, as Taoism believes it is a means of communicating with the gods, subduing evil spirits, cleansing the soul, and providing inspiration for the believer while bringing him inner balance and harmony – in a word, bringing the listener closer to “Tao”.
Both vocal and instrumental music are involved in Wudang Mountain Taoist music, in classic and elegant, but varied patterns: solo, chorus, and so on. In religious rituals, vocal singing is especially important for the lyrics convey the prayers of the service. Melody and lyrics form a harmonious blend. The rhythm is sometimes solemn and peaceful, expressing the vigor and force to drive away evils, and sometimes lively and light-hearted, expressing good wishes. In meditation practices, the music creates a heart-soothing holy atmosphere.
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