Bayadere. Indian dancer.
Bayaderes (from Portuguese bailadeira) were Indian dancers, as Devadasi (God Servants) church services or as dancers, even at secular events occurred. Their shawls were also called Bayadere. As ‘easy girls’ are Bayaderes a favorite theme of Rococo painting of the 18th and 19th centuries.
A female singer which occurs in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century as a Bayadere, is name giver of the operetta The Bayadere by Emmerich Kálmán.
Source: “Die Völker des Erdballs nach ihrer Abstammung und Verwandtschaft, und ihren Eigenthümlichkeiten in Regierungsform, Religion, Sitte und Tracht. Mit kolorierten Abbildungen”. Berghaus, Heinrich Carl Wilhelm. (The peoples of the globe according to their lineage and kinship, and their peculiarities in form of government, religion, custom and costume. With colored pictures by H. C. W. Berghaus. Prindet by Muquardt, Belgium 1847)
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