Grandmother's Secrets

Grandmother's Secrets

Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing

eBook - 2012
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""Come, sit by me, "" says Grandmother. ""Take this chalk in your hand. Now draw a dot and concentrate all your energy into this one dot. It is the beginning and the end, the navel of the world.""So Fawzia Al-Rawi describes her grandmother's first lesson about the ancient craft of Oriental dance. Grandmother's Secrets always circles back to this grandmother and this young girl, echoing the circular movements of the dance itself. Al-Rawi has written a strikingly graceful and original book that blends personal memoir with the history and theory of the dance known in the West as "
Publisher: Massachusetts : Interlink Pub., 2012.
ISBN: 9781623710118
1623710111
Characteristics: 1 online resource (255 p.)
Additional Contributors: Arav, Monique
Contents: The Snake of Spontaneity is Coiled in the Pelvis (The Pelvis)As Full as the Moon, as Soft as Clouds in the Wind (The Belly); The Pillars of the Temple (The Legs); Hold My Feet, Mother and Give Me Strength (The Feet); Part Four: Variations and Rituals; The Floor Dance; The Stick Dance; The Veil Dance; Walking and Whirling; The Menstruation Dance (Rahil); The Wedding Dance; The Birth Dance; The Trance Dance; The Mourning Dance; Epilogue; Works Cited; Endnotes.
The BourgeoisieIndustrial Times; The Present Day; Mother Belly; In Praise of Dancing; Belly Dancing; The Basics of Belly Dancing; Part Three: From Head to Toe; Hold Your Head Like a Queen (The Head); The ocean of the soul (The Eyes); The Gateway to the Soul (The Ears); Fragrance, Take Me Back From Whence I Came! (The Nose); Serpents in the Wind (The Arms); Giving is the Source of Receiving (The Hands); The Breath of Divinity Lies in Your Breast (The Breast); Meekness Rests Proudly on Your Shoulders (The Shoulders); When Your Hips are Circling, the Whole Universe Swings Along (The Hips).
Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Foreword; Part One: How it all Began; In the Beginning was a Child; The Ancestral Call; Have No Fear, Sister; Seeing Feet; Good Morning, Mystery; The Tale of Giving and Taking; The Magic Kitchen; In the Garden of Thoughts; The Other Garden; Grandfather, the Quiet Warrior; The Dancing Heart; Oh, the Ball!; A Women's World; Blood Flows; The Great Celebration; My New World; Part Two: A History of Women's Dancing; Primitive Peoples and Dancing; Dancing in the First Advanced Civilizations; The Greeks; The Romans; Christianity; The Middle Ages; The Arab World.
Summary: ""Come, sit by me, "" says Grandmother. ""Take this chalk in your hand. Now draw a dot and concentrate all your energy into this one dot. It is the beginning and the end, the navel of the world.""So Fawzia Al-Rawi describes her grandmother's first lesson about the ancient craft of Oriental dance. Grandmother's Secrets always circles back to this grandmother and this young girl, echoing the circular movements of the dance itself. Al-Rawi has written a strikingly graceful and original book that blends personal memoir with the history and theory of the dance known in the West as "

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