Jeollanam-do (Wide Area) The Wide area of Jeollanam-do Jeollanam-do
Association for preservation of Ganggangsullae
Jeollanam-do (Wide Area)
As a combination of songs and dances for women, Ganggangsullae was performed mainly in the coastal areas of Jeollanam-do at a moonlit night around Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day).
There is a theory that the dance came from military tactics contrived by General Yi Sun-sin, who ordered women there to be dressed like men and to go round Ongmaesan Mountain in order to pretend to have a large number of soldiers in Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592.
However, another theory that it originated from the tradition of the primitive ages when people were singing and dancing on the brightest moonlit night of the year is valid.
When a full moon is rising from the east sky, women perform a round dance.
And when they get exited while dancing, they enjoy various games such as bracken gathering, herring tying, tile treading, tail picking, straw mat rolling, gatekeeper game, and thin needle threading, in addition to Namsaengi Nori that one person goes into the round and dances.
Ganggangsullae is a lively dancing party.
It shows women's cheerful disposition and express beautiful national spirit.