This is why Shan’ge was originally associated with agricultural work. The folk songs were always sung when people were working in the fields. This gave them morale to work harder (Titon 372). More importantly, the older societies like the jiu shehui sung the folk songs all through multifamily labor exchanges. This was principally during, hoeing, as well as, weeding corn, and a time they were sung while transplanting the rice shoots. The songs provided comfort for the workers. Additionally, the songs provided rhythm for the work, since some of the songs had counting off aspects which enable the farmers to have a certain rhythm while working.
In history, the folksongs have also served a great deal in politics. This is especially in the 1910s and 1920s since they instilled solidarity and also helped in disseminating messages. This is because, by using familiar tunes, they were able to convey new words to the local people.
Today, Shan’ge provides a window on historical experience and interaction of the people with the outside world. Despite the fact they are not as common as they were in ancient China, they play a huge role in enhancing heritage.