NABICHUM- KOREA

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NABICHUM DANCE, KOREA

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Also known as the “Butterfly dance” is an East Asian form of dancing known as Nabichum. This “Buddhist” dance is said to have originated from Korea and is said to be “ritualistic” in nature. Furthermore, the Nabichum is considered to be one of the most important Buddhist dance forms in Korea.

a. History/origin of the Nabichum:

The choreography and costume used in this dance essentially resembles a “butterfly”, and hence has been aptly named “Nabichum” in Korean which when literally translated means “butterfly dance”.

 b. Costumes used in the Nabichum:

The costume mainly used by the performers in this dance form includes a monks robe called “jangsam” and a peaked hat known as “white gokkal”.

c. Music involved in the Nabichum:

The musical instrument mainly used in this dance style is a large gong known as “taejing”.

d. Training availability and the technique involved in the Nabichum:

In terms of technique, this dance involves the performers imitating the movements made by a “butterfly”, and hence has been rightly named “Nabichum” which means “butterfly dance”. As for training centres/schools, there are not many available around the world since this “ritualistic” dance is mainly performed in the Korean region.

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