Sword dance has always been there in Aryan warriors be it in Iran, Bharat, Georgia, Russia, etc.

Being a citizen of Bharat (India) I dont know much about ancient text of other religions and nations but let me write here what I have found about one of our ancient text called Rig Ved.

Rig Ved is one of the oldest text of Aryans of Bharat. There is a difference of opinion about how old these texts are.

The two main characters which prove that sword dance existed during Rig Ved times are Indra and Maruts. In other cultures these Devtas (gods) can be known by different names.

Indra :

Indra is considered as King of Devtas, lord of heaven, rides on elephant called Airavat, his weapon is Vajra, he brings rain as god of the thunderbolt, and he is the great warrior who conquers enemies of God.

There are many things about Indra but I amnot going to write about his because I dont want to get off our main topic.

Maruts :

The Maruts, also known as the Marutgan and sometimes identified with Rudras, are storm deities and sons of Rudra and Prisni.

According to later tradition, such as Purans, the Maruts were born from the broken womb of the goddess Diti, after Indra hurled a thunderbolt at her to prevent her from giving birth to too powerful a son.

Rig Ved Hymns about war dance :

1. RV 8.97.1 (Rig Ved Mandal 8, Sukt 97 Mantra 1 i.e. 7592) :

Note : this Hymn shows that during Vedic times Asurs and Devtas were not enemies.


2. RV 1.130.7 (Rig Ved Mandal 8, Sukt 20 Mantra 7 i.e. 1462) :

Note : This Hymn shows how Indra danced in danced in battle.


3. RV 8.89.2 (Rig Ved Mandal 8, Sukt 89 Mantra 2 i.e. 7464) :

Note : This Hymn shows that Indra is the lord of troops of Maruts.


4. RV 8.96.8 (Rig Ved Mandal 8, Sukt 96 Mantra 8 i.e. 7578) :

Note : This Hymn shows that there are total 36 Maruts.


5. RV 8.20.6, 12 and 22 (Rig Ved Mandal 8, Sukt 20 Mantra 6, 12, 22 i.e. 6464, 6470 and 6480) :

Note : The above Hymns shows Maruts are warriors who also danced with golden breast-plates.


Sword Dance Videos :

Sword dance can be found in many countries and cultures but I am only putting few videos here to prove a point.

Sword Dance Bharat

Caucasus Sword Dance

Georgian Sword Dance

Sistan and and Baluchestan Sword Dance

Balochi Sword Dance

Kurdish War Dance Part 1 of 2

Kurdish War Dance Part 2 of 2