Cachua [kashwa, kjaswa, kaswa, kachura, kashua, quoshwa]
- William Gradante
[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 ...