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Sawlakin Dance

Sawlakin (also Sawlakia) is a popular folk dance of Mizoram. It was a dance performed by the Lakhers, later Mizos adopted the dance form. The word 'Sawlakia' means 'spirit of the slain'.

Performers, who attire in glittering costumes, wear red feathers as ornament. The main dancer holds a gun and a shield at the time of performance. He is followed by the other dancers (in a row), who also carry weapons, cymbals and gongs. The dancers move forward and slowly go round the head. All the time, the dancers are plied with Zu (a popular drink among the Mizos) by the women.

Even though some modifications have been made on this dance, Sawlakin hold its tradition well. The modifications now seen are that there is no head in the circle and no Zu.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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