July 02, 2022
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Folk Dance Nongakmu

Date: 20/06/2022 | Source: Naenara (En) | Read original version at source

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Nongakmu (peasant dance) is one of the folk dances in Korea.

It was created and prevalent throughout the country in connection with the Korean people’s agricultural life and folk ceremonies.

It originated from the song and dance play of the Korean ancestors related to their working and daily life in the primitive and ancient ages, and embodied in the agricultural production activities and living customs over a long period of time up to the medieval and modern times. Thus it developed into a popular folk art with diversified forms.

There were no specific dancers in the peasant band, and those who play kkaenggwari (a small kind of gong), jing (a kind of gong), janggo (hourglass drum), puk (drum), sogo (small drum) and other instruments, and mask dancers depicting different figures themselves danced to add to the pleasure of peasants.

The dance is characterized by dances and plays all taking place rhythmically under the control of a leading kkwaenggwari player.

Today nongakmu is being carried on and further developed in keeping with the modern aesthetic sense thanks to the Workers’ Party of Korea’s unique policy on art and literature.

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