Peacock dance

Peacock Dance
Genre Folk dance
Origin Southeast Asia

The peacock dance or peafowl dance is a traditional folk dance popular in Asia, especially by Dai people in China, in Bangladesh, and in the western and northern parts of Cambodia. The mayilattam (Tamil:மயிலாட்டம்), also known as peacock dance, is performed by girls dressed as peacocks during the harvest festival of Thai Pongal in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.[1][2]

In Indonesia, it is known as the peafowl dance (Merakin or Tari Merak) by Sundanese people in West Java, and Reog in other parts of Indonesia. It is performed by female dancers inspired by the movements of a peafowl and its feathers blended with the classical movements of Sundanese dance. This dance is also performed in Perahara festivals in Sri Lanka.

See also


  1. Dances in Tamil Nadu at
  2. Folk Dances of Tamil Nadu at

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