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The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance

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From southern Greece to northern Russia, people have long believed in female spirits, bringers of fertility, who spend their nights and days dancing in the fields and forests. So appealing were these spirit-maidens that they also took up residence in nineteenth-century Romantic literature. Archaeologist and linguist by profession, folk dancer by avocation, Elizabeth Wayland Barber has sleuthed through ethnographic lore and archaeological reports of east and southeast Europe, translating enchanting folktales about these "dancing goddesses" as well as eyewitness accounts of traditional rituals--texts that offer new perspectives on dance in agrarian society. She then traces these goddesses and their dances back through the Romans and Greeks to the first farmers of Europe. Along the way, she locates the origins of many customs, including coloring Easter eggs and throwing rice at the bride. The result is a detective story like no other and a joyful reminder of the human need to dance.

Synopsis:

A fascinating exploration of an ancient system of beliefs and its links to the evolution of dance.

About the Author

Elizabeth Wayland Barber is the author of Women's Work and The Mummies of Ürümchi. Professor emerita of archaeology and linguistics at Occidental College, she lives in California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393348507
Author:
Barber, Elizabeth Wayland
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
80 illustrations
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
23.5 x 17.78 mm

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