Maruni in Gurkha Regiment:
In Gurkha culture, Maruni is the classical folk dance usually performed by the male soldiers in female costumes and mimicking woman’s behaviours, whose body movements are incredibly graceful.
It was quite famous in Gurkha regiments until recently, and those soldiers who performed were usually young soldiers who had recently joined the regiment. They were often nicknamed ‘Maruni’ until the very late stage of their military career.
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Photo: exerted from the book Jonny Gurkha, E.D Smith