nohchi

“The pair dance of a man and a woman has a ritual nature. Scholars track it down to Chechen cosmology — the sun and fertility worship. The Chechen myth says: The man and woman turned into Sun and Moon, and Sun cannot catch up with Moon to this day. The male dancer pursues the woman in circles to repeat Sun’s route in pursuance of Moon.

The man holds his arms spread in a cruciform position to symbolize the rising and setting sun. His bent arm with the hand pressed to his chest, the other arm outstretched to the side, repeat the swastika, which designates the sun in its movement. When he tiptoes with arms lifted above his head, the man personifies the sun in the zenith. He embraces his partner’s waist without touching her to depict lunar eclipse.”