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Online Talk Merit

Does your country have a traditional dance form?
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:21:54 PM »
Morris dancing is one of the earliest recorded forms of dancing in England, and it dates back to the 15th century, or perhaps earlier.
Wikipedia, has an informative article about this dance form here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_dance

Here is a Youtube video of Morris dancing with sticks. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ionTgFxPgg

Have you got an interesting traditional dance in your country?

Offline seoincorporation

Re: Does your country have a traditional dance form?
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2018, 03:14:37 PM »
In my country we have many traditional dances, I can't talk about all.
I find one of the most interesting to be the "Papantla flyers": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Olmgg0PTAQ0
This guys climb a big structure and then they fall. It seems to reproduce some rain ritual from the prehispanic era, probably related with the "Tamoanchan", the cosmic tree in whose interior the forces of the gods were up and down, giving life to the earth surface...

Online Talk Merit

Re: Does your country have a traditional dance form?
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2018, 03:39:58 PM »
Thanks for posting that, it's really interesting. I'm not going to try it though. It makes our Maypole dancing look fairly tame.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncIAdeQGxoo

I tried that once, but they threw me out for being incompetent. I thought I was good, but the others kept getting out of step. :)

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Re: Does your country have a traditional dance form?
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2018, 05:16:10 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncIAdeQGxoo


It is awesome how many cultures around the world have the same kind of movements and ritual dances. This last one you shared is truly similar to another one in my own country: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0-b58vODps
This is from Yucatan, but it is also danced in other regions.

I've never tried anything related, I'm sure I will end messing around with no rhythm at all.


Online Talk Merit

Re: Does your country have a traditional dance form?
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2018, 05:25:10 PM »
Maypole dances started as pagan fertility rites, and they are meant to symbolise the union of the male and female elements.  The pagan Mayday festival is known as Beltane in England and Ireland, and Walpurgis in Germany

Offline NadiaHel

Re: Does your country have a traditional dance form?
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2018, 12:02:21 AM »
The traditional dance from the place I was born (Andalucía) is Flamenco, and its "palos". I used to dance sevillanas, rumba and bulería when I was a child.  8)
By the way, in Zaragoza, on the north of Spain, we also have a similar dance than the two you guys have shared!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXEBTkbHvoY


Online Talk Merit

Re: Does your country have a traditional dance form?
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2018, 10:08:42 AM »
These old pagan traditions that have survived are really interesting.

Did you know that Christmas is based on the festival to worship the sun god Odin, and that it is not based on the birth of Christ. It was created to attract pagans into Christianity.

Offline NadiaHel

Re: Does your country have a traditional dance form?
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2018, 09:34:49 PM »
These old pagan traditions that have survived are really interesting.

Did you know that Christmas is based on the festival to worship the sun god Odin, and that it is not based on the birth of Christ. It was created to attract pagans into Christianity.

Yes. And I found it absolutely interesting. I`ve just finished my PhD in ancient rock-art, and some of the oldest dances ever drawn into the rocks are somehow familiar to some we can see today in Africa -mostly.
I just dream sometimes with a time-machine...

Many of the actual dances have a "paganism" ingredient intrinsic in the moves. Besides, the "Catholic" religion was certainly inclusive, so more adepts will follow their beliefs. Instead of stopping or forbidding the cultural heritage, the priests just resolved to change the name of the god to which it was addressed.


Online Talk Merit

Re: Does your country have a traditional dance form?
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2018, 03:19:35 PM »
I`ve just finished my PhD in ancient rock-art,

I'm interested in the history of Unicorns, and I believe that they were a man made creation to help round up herds of wild horses. Some people who attempt to discredit this theory point to ancient cave and rock art. They point out that many horse like creatures are depicted with one horn, but I believe that this is the result of them not understanding perspective. The images are side views, and the 'single' horn is simply the near side horn which obscured the far side horn. Is this feasible?