Dance of the Apsara

Dance of the Apsara

A Hindu apsara, a beautiful female spirit of the clouds and waters, performs her ballet high up in her heavenly abode. The concept of the apsara being originated in India like the Hindu religion itself, but would later spread to Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Champa kingdom in southern Vietnam.

Originally I had a New Guinean or Melanesian heritage in mind for this specific character, but I believe she could also represent the aboriginal dark-skinned peoples of India before the Aryans started moving into the subcontinent from their Central Asian homeland. Southeast Asia too would have been populated by darker-skinned “Negrito” peoples before “Sundadont” Asians migrated into the region from the south of China.

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