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Minnan nursery rhymes

xiamen.chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: May 6, 2019


Minnan nursery rhymes are children's songs created and sung in Minnan (southern Fujian province) dialect. Local historical classics recorded a nursery rhyme called Yueguangguang, a song about moonlight, in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

As many Minnan people traveled to Taiwan and Southeast Asia, Minnan nursery rhymes were spread outside Fujian during the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing (960-1911) dynasties.

These songs were created with rhythmical language and musical tunes suited to children’s understanding and psychology, and became a cultural heritage of the ancient Chinese people.