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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Geommu (also
transliterated Gummu, Kommu) is a traditional sword dance practiced
in Korea. Geommu is performed with special costume, dance motions,
and music. The dance is known for its grace in performance. Extra
emphasis is placed on the movement of the costuming, notably the
sleeves, in harmony with the movements of the dancer. The symbolic
use of a Kal, a replica sword, keeps to the militaristic origins of
this dance. Geom-mu has become a dance of great beauty and is
treasured as the South Korea's 12th Important Intangible Cultural
Property. Geommu originated during the later portion of the Three
Kingdoms of Korea with estimates placing it near 660 AD. At that
time, Korea was divided into the three kingdoms, Silla, Baekje, and
Goguryeo. The legend of Geommu states that a young boy in Shilla
named Hwangchang had an unusual talent for sword dance. His talent
brought him great fame, even in the enemy kingdom, Baekje. One day,
a king of Baekje invited him to his court to perform his great
skill. The boy performed but in an act of great defiance killed the
king before the royal assembly. Hwangchang was executed by the
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