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Angoyo, also known as The Silent Dance, is a type of dance used among the Minjung Yonki for festivals, parades, parties, and other special occasions.  


Some Years Ago. . .

Jungyan historians believe that Angoyo originated very early in Minjung's history. Beginning in ancient times through the worship of Ankeuan (on-koo-an), the god of silence, who was believed to be represented by a bug. This bug, the Amquui, had a very slender body and long antennae that looked similar to whips. It communicated to others of its kind by moving its antennae in complex patterns and never making a sound. The bugs' name translated to the modern tongue is Angalmi (the Silent Whip) which can also be pronounced as Angoyo.

To honor this bug and the god the bug represented the people would hold festivals and dance as close as they could to the movement of the Amquui's antennae. This ceremonial dance evolved to what it is now.


The Silent Dance

Angoyo as a dance is very over the top and dramatic. It uses a lot of isolations and can get very technical. It uses mixes of belly dancing, contemporary dance, and ballet. Some of the main staples of this dance style are "hip spins" (similar to a la seconde turn in ballet), a "floor roll" (which is exactly what it sounds like), and "Amayas" (similar to hip figure 8's in belly dancing).


The Plague of Silent Death

In Minjung's Dark Era of history a terrible plague swept across the occean. It was a sickening disease that lasted for months. The plague caused people to die suddenly from seizures, dehydration, and paralyzation. After years the plague had finally passed there was a celebration. There were parades and festivals involving dancing and perforamnces with many of these performances being in the Angoyo style.

It was during one of these performances one of the most famous and complex Angoyo dance came to be, called Dancing with the Plagues of Death. It told the story of the plague. How it devestated the land, running through the farmlands and forests killing whatever it could. It told of people dying and starving. It was a story of loss and mourning. However, it also celebrated life. It told of how people lived and overcame the plague. It told of people running through the fields and grass after the plague had left. It was a story of overcoming the hardships and embracing life. All told without uttering a word.

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