Coming to Cambodia, you can easily encounter the beautiful young women dancing Apsara dance in ancient temples, rivers and magnificent palaces.Apsara is cloudy and water fairies in folklore. When they had fun and danced, plants, animals grow, multiply, so the people of Cambodia has adhered Apsara is the Goddess of Prosperity. The most beautiful fairies were Uvasi, Menaka, Ramba and Tilotama, who often appeared in many works of poetry, music, painting of Cambodia. They were masters of the forbidden palaces, and they danced to congratulate the gods in the parties to celebrate the victory against devil. Each time, there were up to 26 fairies dancing.
|A Apsara fairy in the folklore|
This is the classical, gentle dance, is renowned for its elegance, nobility, with the postures, gentle gestures. So far, Apsara dance has been Cambodian national property and soul. The one who had merit in the conservation and development of Apsara dance was Princess Buppha Devi. She danced since she was at the age of 8 in the Palace, and introduced the White Fairy dance to the world.
|Apsara dance is now famous all worldwide thanks to the merit of Princess Buppha Devi|
|The image of Apsara dance could be found in the ancient temples|
Through the dance, Cambodian people want to express their dream of a life of peace, prosperity, praise the beauty of the country’s nature, the divine and the merit of the ancestor. Also, they are the touching stories of the birth, disease, old age, death- four life stages that any one must go through, so that the next generations can understand, contemplate and preserve the tremendous cultural and spiritual values of the country.
|The costumes of the dancers are decorated with many precious jewelry and gemstone|
|The dancers of Apsara nowadays not only dance in the temples, Palace, but also in hotels, theater…|
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