Dance glossary

The Angkorian epigraphy reveals certain terms directly linked or related to dance, in Old Khmer and Sanskrit. We compile them below. They are extracted from 'An Old Khmer - French - English dictionary' by Saveros Pou and 'Héritage du sanskrit - Dictionnaire sanskrit-français' by Gérard Huet (Version 2.80 - February 10, 2014).


Abbreviations
Camb.  / Cambodia
Kh.
11th / Old Khmer of the eleventh century
Md / Khmer Modern
Mi / Middle
Khmer

p.a. / Pre-angkorian Khmer
Sk. / Sanskrit


A

Actor (male or female): nātaka

B

Ballet, group of dancers: rapam, rapaṃ p.a.; peṭaka (multitude, company, group); pedānātaka rpam, pedānātta rpam p.a.

D

Dance: rnaṃ Kh.11th

Dance hall: kralā rāṃ Kh.12th

Dancer, actor: kārakan kārika, kārin Sk. (actor); kāri Kh.10-11th

Dancer (male or female): rmāṃ, ramaṃ p.a.; rmāṃ, rmmāṃ Kh.10th

To dance: raṃ p.a ; rāṃ Kh.10-12th Md

S

Stick (of dancer): raṇamardana Sk.; raṇamarddaṇa ta rmmāṃ (dancer stick) Kh.11th; raṇamardda Kh.10th