Headdress of Apsara Dancing

Headdressof Apsara Dancing

Inthe mythology of the Buddhist and the Hindu, the Apsara is a femininespirit whose domain is the clouds and water. These spirits arebeautiful, elegant and smart young females. They are highly talentedin the art of dancing, and their main duty is to entertain the godsand at times seducing them. In the mid-20thcentury, the Cambodian queen supervised the creation of a Khmerclassical dance. The dance routine is carried out by a woman adornedin fitting cultural attire. The movements that the lead dancer makesin tune to the music portray ancient myths and religious tales(Snodgrass, 2015).

Thecostume worn by the dancers of this kind consists of silk that iswoven with complex designs and patterns at the front. The colors ofthese garments are usually bright and alluring to the eye to createthe seductive appeal. The headdress worn by the Apsara dancers isusually the most prominent feature of their costumes. The lead Asparausually has a crown with five points. This headdress also has twospherical rows decorated with jewelry. The supporting dancers onlyhave three tips on their crowns and only one row of spherical décor(Snodgrass, 2015). The headgear predominantly combines wreaths ofsynthetic hair joint with exquisite decorations that create abreathtaking result. Other ornaments consist of brightly coloredcollars, glamorous earrings, beads, feathers, and different banglesfor both the arms and the legs (Snodgrass, 2015). All these itemscreate the illusion that these dancers are truly supernatural beings.

Asparadancing is an intricate part of the Cambodian culture, and thedancers are selected with great care. Every dance move that theyexecute is done with skill and purpose as each symbol has itssignificance. This culture has been a tourist attraction for Cambodiaand most countries in the Asian regions (Snodgrass, 2015).


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