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Grandmother's secrets : the ancient rituals and healing power of belly dancing
Al-Rawi, Rosina-Fawzia B.
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Ruf der Grossmutter. English
First American edition.
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New York : Interlink Books, 1999.
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viii, 158 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Central Library GV1798.5 .A513 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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One of the authors conveys in this book not only the history & technique of grieving & mourning dances, pregnancy & birth dances, but the spirit of these age-old rituals, & their possibilities for healing & empowering women today.

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Library Journal Review

After recounting her own childhood and coming of age in the Arab world, Al-Rawi reviews the history of women's dancing and reflects on the individual movements used in this ancient art form. In a section titled "Variations and Rituals," she describes nine different dances (e.g., the Wedding Dance, the Birth Dance) and sets them in context. Photographs evoke the mood of each dance, suggesting a general impression rather than step-by-step instruction. The narrative, however, supplies enough detail that the interested reader may wish to try a dance. Throughout, Al-Rawi relates movement to ideas and art to philosophy so that, in her words, "belly dancing becomes a source of inspiration, a means of collecting and strengthening oneself, and a clear and dynamic way of discovering...and understanding oneself." An interesting glimpse into a culture, an art form, and a means for women's healing and self-expression; suitable for most circulating collections, especially those whose readers are interested in Arab culture, dance, and women's studies.√ĄCarolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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