traditional society

In traditional Okinawan society, men and women have very distinct roles that are considered equally important to the survival of the family and the village. Many folk dances depict this idea by pairing men and women together in performance. While the male and female characters each have a movement style and mode of dress unique to their gender, they dance in unison, symbolizing the spirit of cohesiveness and interdependence in the family and in the community.


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