Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance:
Awakening Spirituality Through Movement and Ritual
A Book by Iris J. Stewart


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(INDIA) GODDESS OF LEARNING AND WISDOM, HOLDING LUTE AND THE BOOK OF VEDAS

Introduction: Searching for Woman's Sacred Dance

This book is about my journey into the sacred feminine and the secret truths I discovered about women's spirituality on the way.     It is also about ways to help you better understand the power, validity, and beauty of women's ways, with direct access to our great-, great-, great- (ad infinitum) grandmothers' spiritual wisdom.

In searching out the real history of women's dance as an expression of spirituality, we seek to learn our heritage: How did it shape us? How does it continue to affect our lives today? Building on the knowledge already gathered, and rethinking the ways things might have been for women, from a woman's viewpoint, we get closer to the voices of our Grandmothers and hear them more clearly.

Part One: In the Beginning Was the Dance

Chapter One: The Goddess Danced

RUTH St. DENIS FIRST INTRODUCED HER INTERPRETATION OF A CYCLE OF ANCIENT FORMS OF SPIRITUAL EXPRESSION IN AN OFFERING SHE TITLED 'A PROGRAM OF HINDU DANCE,' IN 1906.The Goddess holds the key to the most ancient forms of sacred dance; she is inextricably linked to dance. Dance was the principal form of worship of the Goddess. In some cases, in addition to her role as creator, giver, and protector of all life, the Goddess herself was a dancer, celebrating through dance the cycles of the seasons and the cycles of life. It is here then, with the Goddess,that we begin our journey into the world of sacred dance.

Also: The Mysteries; Calling Forth the Muses

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