March 13, 2012

Dancing In Thailand

Posted in Asian Culture and Tradition tagged , , , at 5:50 am by Idateasia

Are you a dancing lover? The Thai girls are! Most girls in this country have a lively fancy to dance. They love to move bodies happily and enjoyably to the music. In Thai, the traditional dance can be mainly divided into tow types, the classical dancing and folk dancing, both of which are popular with the tourists having leisure time in Thai.

Thai classical dancing originated from a kind of religion dancing of the south India about three hundred years ago, which can be always seen in religious occasions or some great ceremonies. It is subtle and complicated with every step indicating some special meaning. The female dancers are required to dress in special costumes that are made of soft Thai silks with some bling-bling and the “hat” they wearing is like a golden pagoda reflecting religious belief. Besides the performers should wear no shoes on. The music is slow and rhythmical. Hands play very important role in the dance, expressing different meaning by hand movements. For example, show love with two hands crossing before chest and express outrageousness with a forefinger pointing to the ground. The beautiful Asian women dancers are also a great part of the show to be appreciated. They move slowly and softly and look at you with a shy and charming smile.

Khon dancing in Thailand

Khon Dancing

 

Lacorn Dancing in Thailand

Lacorn Dancing

There are two famous classical dances. One is named Khon. Dancers should wear different masks and costumes to identify status or positions. The other is called Lacorn, in which dancers have no need to cover their faces up.

Thai folk dancing is also loved by many Thailand women. And its performance forms are richer and variable, which include dancing for wedding, dancing for harvest, dancing for blessing and farmer’s dancing. In the Thai wedding party, the host would like to invite the local dancing group to entertain guests and enliven the happy atmosphere. Farmer’s dancing chiefly represents how the Thai women worked in land in the old time.Then during the harvest season, people will get together dancing to share the happiness for great ingathering of the year. Dancing for blessing happens in the end of a party or get-together, everybody joining in, twirling and waving hands joyfully.

So you can see how Thai people love dance! They show their love, sadness, happiness, religion and life in dancing. If you get the chance to travel in Thailand, do remember to have a look at these beautiful and characteristic dances. Also, you can make some Thai friends and learn dancing from them if you really feel interested in Thai dance.

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