Nora dance performance at German Oriental Studies Conference in Münster

On occasion of the 32. German Oriental Studies Conference Kanit Sripaoraya, a Thai researcher and dancer, performed part of a traditional Nora dance.

Nora is a traditional dance of South Thailand (also known as “Chatri”), whose origins lie in the legend of Manohra and Sudhana. There are many different local versions of this legend. The choreography of the Nora dance varies from region to region, but is generally composed of 12 positions and 17 movements. Nora dance performances usually last several days and include rituals of paying respect to the Nora teachers and the invitation of ancestors.

Nora performance at a workshop at Walailak University, Nakhon Si Thammarat (courtesy of Kanit Sripaoraya)

Nora performance at a workshop at Walailak University, Nakhon Si Thammarat (courtesy of Kanit Sripaoraya)

To ensure that the Manora dance is preserved as a national heritage, Thai authorities on cultural matters are speeding up the registration of the performance to be listed by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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