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The Heian Period  
61 - Bugaku court dance costume for "Karyobin."
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1 kazashi
2 mae-tengan
3 mae-tengan agemaki
4 sage-mizura
5 karyobin
6 do-byoshi
7 ketteki no ho
8 kuguri-bakama
9 habaki
10 shikai
This "warabe-mai (=children's dance)" is called "Karyobin (=garuda: imaginary bird of India)" and it is danced by four young dancers. "Tengai" (=crown) of the gilt bronze to which the branch of a red-and-white plum was attached is worn. They wear costumes which imitated the figure of garuda, an imaginary bird, and they dance, sounding "do-byoshi" (=cupper beat). The "ho" of this dance costume is a red"ketteki" and "hakama" is a white" kukuri-bakama." Embroidery of coloring is given to the costume. The dancers wear "habaki (=socks) " of "dan-zome" (=layer dyeing), and "shikai" (=cloth shoes). The music of this dance was composed based on the tradition of the ancient times of India. "Garyobin," the birds with beautiful voice in the heaven, flew down on the ground, and danced on the day of Jeta's temple mass for the dead. It is told that "Myoonten (=the god of music), who was impressed by the action of the birds' flying and dancing, composed this music. "Karyobin" is danced unclockwisely.