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Buddhist Dance

The following are Buddhist dances that have been performed at various times. The descriptions are based on information in programs from performances by the Halla Huhm Dance Studio.

Cymbal dance

Para ch'um (Cymbal Dance)

This is the most difficult and taxing of the Buddhist ritual dances
because the dancer must manipulate two large cymbals.
The sound of the cymbals is said to drive away worldly desires
as the dance is executed.

Butterfly dance

Nabi ch'um (Butterfly Dance)

Accompanied by chanting, the dancer wears a robe
with broad sleeves representing the wings of a butterfly.


Kwangsoe (Small Gong)

The small gong is used in a ceremony which
asks for forgiveness for various sins.

This dance was choreographed by Halla Huhm
in the style of traditional Buddhist dances.