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Photograph by Lois Greenfield. Wiecking, Steven. Sidi Goma: The Black Sufis of Guajarat . Seattlemet.com. 15 May, 2009. Web. Unit 4 Learning Objectives: 1. Students will develop an understanding of the role of the dancing body as an instrument of worship. 2. Students will learn the four major categories and intentions of religious dances. 3. Students will learn the elements of religious rituals and their impact on societies that practice them. 4. Students will develop an appreciation of dance in ritual and religion as expressions of faith, community and connection. The Role of the Dancing Body in Ritual and Religion   Shiva as Nataraja. Photograph. Web. 12 January 2011. www.lotusculpture.com   It is said that Shiva danced a dance of creation, in order to generate understanding in the universe. In the oldest cultures of the world, we can see an emphasis on the body and dance in celebration of religious faith. How do we know this? From cultural artifacts such as cave paintings, pottery, stone carving and later on, written languages, that depict and describe dancing figures. These artifacts demonstrate the importance of dance rituals within early communities, for a variety of reasons. In non-Christian religions, the dancing body often plays a very important role in worship - the conduit between spirit and physical world. We will look primarily at dance in African, India and South America but there are long traditions of religious dance in cultures throughout the world, including Aboriginal Australians, Greek, Jewish, and Asian cultures such as Japan and China. In ritual and religious dances: The dancing body is used as an instrument of worship . The dancing body creates a link between the physical world and the spiritual world.
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The dancing body serves the spirit.    Massai Men of Kenya, Ritual. 2007. Photograph. Wed. 12 January 2011. www.smokwawelski.net/gallery/kenya. The Massai people are an ethnic group of semi-nomadic peoples living in Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are known for involving vigorous jumping in their rituals, which are known as adumu or aigus. Four Categories of Ritual Dances of Imitation involve the replication of battles, the taking on of characteristics and movements of animals, embodying the essence of weather, and mimesis of the movements of other living things. Medicine Dances are performed to both prevent illness and to restore health. Commemorative dances are created and performed to celebrate important events such as rites of initiation, births, deaths, marriage, and significant dates and events in the cultural calendar. Dances for spiritual connection offer the performers and viewers an opportunity to reach a spiritual plane and connection with gods not available on a daily basis. These dances are expressions of gratitude towards deities, requests for benevolence from the gods, and also dances to create order, beauty, and harmony to please the gods. Some Elements of Rituals
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