The Peak (Malaysia) - - Travel -

the act of temple danc­ing was banned. The ma­haris were no more, but the peo­ple of Odisha could not be stopped and, thus, the Gotipuas rose to promi­nence. BOYS LIKE GIRLS While the ma­haris used to dance for the deities within the tem­ples, Gotipuas mir­rored their move­ments out­side the precincts of the temple. Al­beit with added ac­ro­bat­ics that were, per­haps, a bit eas­ier to per­form as th­ese dancers were not women, but young boys who donned fem­i­nine garb to per­form their dance of de­vo­tion. Datuk Ramli ex­plains that while it may be a folk dance, it has sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence on

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