sword dance

sword dance


Definition of SWORD DANCE

:  a dance performed by men in a circle holding a sword in the right hand and grasping the tip of a neighbor's sword in the left hand
:  a dance performed over or around swords
sword dancer noun

First Known Use of SWORD DANCE


sword dance

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Folk dance by men, with swords or two-handled blades, expressing themes such as human and animal sacrifice for fertility, battle mime, and defense against evil spirits. It originated in Greek and Roman times. A sword dance appeared in Germany in 1350 and later was part of the court ballet when mock battles were staged. The Scottish sword dance is a descendant of the early crossed-sword dances, and the Morris dance retains remnants of the sword dance. Outside of Europe, such dances are found in India, Borneo, and the Balkans.


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