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Author Barber, E. J. W., 1940-

Title The dancing goddesses : folklore, archaeology, and the origins of European dance / Elizabeth Wayland Barber.

Published New York : W.W. Norton, c2013.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  398.209496 BARB    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xiii, 429 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 381-400) and index.
Contents Introduction: Dancing as life : how dance was thought to bring life -- I. Dancing the year : the ritual cycle of fertility -- Swan maidens, mermaids, and tree spirits -- Marking time -- To bring the spring -- Dancing up a storm -- Crazy week--Rusalia week -- Flowers with powers -- Midsummer Rusalii -- Friday, St. Friday -- The twelve days of Christmas -- II. Bride-dancing for fertility: the frog princess -- The cosmic arrow -- Bride testing -- Trial by dance -- The magic sleeve dance -- Second skins -- The hut on chicken legs -- Koshchey the deathless -- III. Dancing back through time -- Medieval traces -- Roman showbiz -- Dancing with the Greeks -- Back to the Bronze Age -- Dancing at the dawn of agriculture -- IV. Gotta dance! -- Keeping together in time -- Dancing the time warp -- Epilogue: dancing divinity.
Summary An ethnographic and archaeological exploration of ancient traditions and folklore pertaining to "dancing goddesses" traces their roots in early Roman, Greek, and European cultures to reveal the origins of modern customs.
Subject Folklore -- Europe, Eastern.
Folklore -- Balkan Peninsula.
Goddesses -- Folklore.
Agriculture -- Folklore.
Folk dancing -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- To 1500.
Folk dancing -- Balkan Peninsula -- History -- To 1500.
Ethnoarchaeology -- Europe, Eastern.
Ethnoarchaeology -- Balkan Peninsula.
Europe, Eastern -- Social life and customs.
Balkan Peninsula -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 9780393065367 (hbk.)
0393065367 (hbk.)