Source of Bu-Ma is from legends:
  There was a man that got the first place in the imperial examination, he defeated Jin troops. In recognition of its achievements, the emperor bestowed him on parading the street with horses, accompanied by the second and the third in the imperial examination with their wives and a boy. Thus, it got the name “Champion through the street.” The celebration had nine Bu-Ma and accompanied with gongs and drums.   
  Later, with development, it gradually formed into fixed dance form. The most important factor in dancing Bu-Ma is to perform the image of horses and make it alive no matter when jumping or walking slowly in the performance.


The development of Chiuchow Raoping Bu-Ma:
  Raoping Bu-Ma is a traditional folk dance. It first popularized in Xinfeng Kau Village, Raoping County of Guangdong Province in Mainland China and could date back more than seven hundred years. Previously, Raoping County is the land of Baiyue, hoodoo witch culture (shaman) was prevailed. Mountains were awed by people in that area thus they gave different images of mountains different animal names. Bu-Ma dance which imitating the image of horses, aimed to eliminate plague and protect this area. Evolved with time, it pulsed square performance of mountains and beasts with spirit and worshiped King of Three Mountains. Most significantly, it replaced talking with songs and using dance to narrate the story. Our ancestors used bamboo to make the body of Bu-Ma and wrapped it with white cloth in colored drawing.

  Bu-Ma’s performance changed with time. For example, “Eight Immortals, Eight Ridngs”, “Lady Zhaojun”,”Chant of resigning husband” and “Mu Guiying Command” and so on. When performing, the number of Bu-Mas can be ranged from seven rides to twenty rides. When the show begin, after a burst of analog massy beep, Bu-Ma team run rapidly with vigorous drums. It is turbulent sometimes, rushed sometimes, strong and vigorous sometime. Sometimes, they walked slowly, like walking through the village. We can see elegance in rugged and tenderness in fierce. Unconstrained and joyful dance combined with gongs and drums, it is fascinating.
However, because it is complicated to make Bu-Ma, it vanished for a long time in Taiwan. With the effort of teachers of CPES Mr. Xu Shilang, Miss Chen Binbin, Director Fu Zhenshao, Chief of Volunteer group, Chi Lanhui, former president of PTA, Ye Sixiong, the head of a borough, Chen Zengchang, and president of a council, Qiu Kunzeng in our school, they retrieved Raoping Bu-Ma from nothing. The production of Bu-Ma evolved from the first generation, bamboo strips, paper mash and Hakka fabric to the second generation, bamboo strips, plastic mesh and luminous cloth. The third generation, inline skating, bamboo and sponge to the fourth generation, using plastic strips instead of bamboo strips. We are trying to make innovation constantly.