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.