Farmer’s Dance

Many cultures have dances that are traditional. Mexico has the Jarabe Tapatio, known as the Mexican Hat Dance. Italy is famous for the Tarantella. In Korea they have a dance that dates back 2,500 years called the Farmer’s Dance.

The Farmer’s Dance originated long ago for a purpose. It is performed during agricultural events including planting and harvesting of crops. It was performed to encourage the farmers by giving them a beat to work to.

The music is fast paced and the dancers perform acrobatic movements. They twirl long paper streamers attached to their hats. They wear colorful clothing.

All images on this post were taken years ago on an old Pentax K1000 as slide film. I scanned them from the slides.

While I witnessing this I thought the dancers possessed impressive skills that must have been honed with much practice.

These ladies joined in the festivities.

What kind of dances are traditional to your culture? What was the purpose or meaning behind them? Dance is more than just a performance art.