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date: 07 December 2019

Cachua [kashwa, kjaswa, kaswa, kachura, kashua, quoshwa]locked

  • William Gradante

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[kashwa, kjaswa, kaswa, kachura, kashua, quoshwa]

A courtship circle-dance of the Bolivian and Peruvian Aymara Indians in which fur- and feather-clad dancers imitate movements of animals (a totemic vestige probably of Inca origin). Danced exclusively by adolescents, either male or female may pursue a prospective object of his or her affections. Men often sing amorous verses to which women may respond in kind, while the ...

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