Korean farmers' dance

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Korean farmers' dance

 

The farmers' dance is the most primitive and exciting of all Korean dances. On the occasions of harvest, seed planting, and other festivities, male farmers of a village gather together in a square under a flag on which is inscribed the words "Agriculture is the foundation of the universe." Accompanied by rousing sounds of various drums and brass instruments the farmers, clad in brightly striped costumes, whirl about madly beating a small drums grasped in each dancer's hands.

As they spin like tops, their gyrating heads whirl long paper streamers attached at the top of their hats in great loops through the air. The origin of the farmers' dance hat has been buried in oblivion during the course of its long history, but it still plays such an important part in the farm dance that strenuous practice of neck movements is essential if one wishes to be an expert. This emphasis on the neck movements, unique in the Korean farmers' dance, is similar in nature to the neck dance of India.

 

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