A circle dance, a fundamental element of many traditional cultures, exists in many parts of the world. Scholars have been fascinated by historical and contemporary, mythical and cultural, ritual and semantic aspects of circle dances. The article discusses the Yakut circle dance, osuokhai, influenced by ancient practices and religious ideas of Eurasian nomads. The article reflects on the historical transformations and on the semantics of the osuokhai.
Angelina Lukina is professor and head of the Folklore and Arts Department at the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts. Her research focuses on the historiography of traditional Sakha dances. She is the author of several monographs on traditional dance culture. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org