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The following slides will first discuss the spiritual roots of
The some dances, will then discuss some of the elements of the
various African dances, and finally will focus in on the
dances of two specific ethnic groups.
dances Many African dances have religious or spiritual
Many connections, and, like other religious dances, serve to
celebrate religious rites or worship the gods or spirits.
For the dancers involved in such dances, their bodies
allow them to connect with the spirits.
allow Often, the dancing is meant as a way of emptying the
Often, dancer’s body to allow spiritual possession to occur.
dancer’s The different movements of a dance reflect the different
languages of the various spirits, and by learning and
performing these movements, the dancer is preparing
him/herself for possession by any of the spirits.
him/herself Music is a vital part of almost every African dance However, there are many dances (some hunting dances, or
However, those associated with magic or mystical elements) that are
performed in silence....
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This document was uploaded on 03/25/2014.
- Summer '14