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Paiduško Horo

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Information: A dance.

Many names of dances reflect the "local taste and character of the people." "Paiduško" means limping. –Rajna Katzarova, "Bulgarian Folk Dances" (Sofia 1958).

"Pajtak" from the Turkish word "paytak": 1. a horse whose hind legs are uneven and which limps when moving; 2. a person with uneven legs (krivokrak). –"Rečnik na čuzhdite dumi Balgarski Ezik." Dictionary of foreign words in the Bulgarian language," Sofia 1978, 537.

Paiduška – A type of horo. Mladenov suggests the prefix pa- on the root id- 'go,' meaning "turning back, going back," or, the Turkish derivation above.

–Bulgarian Etymological Dictionary, Vol. 5 (Sofia, 1999), p. 13 - 14.

Translation: Dick Crum said: ". . . Paiduška is one of the basic dances of the Bulgarian and Macedonian people. It takes its name from an old Slavic word meaning "to limp," a pretty descriptive word for the first steps of the dance."

Pronunciation: pie-DOOSH-ko ho-RO

Other name: Pajduško Horo, Pajduška, Paiduška

Region: Bulgaria


Question: do Macedonian Paiduškos have arm swinging?

Some say the arm swinging comes from the Thracian style of Paiduško, possibly via American folk dancers.

Bob Leibman filmed young Macedonian girls dancing Paiduško with arm swings.

Fashions come and go, such as former Yugoslav Macedonians adding claps for a period of 5 to 10 years.


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