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


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TOMB WALL PAINTING FROM MAGNA GRAECIA, ITALY, 450-400 B.C.E.

Chapter 4: Womandance:

I found that the belly dance came not from the harem, as is casually assumed, but was adapted from a traditional and private dance, a dance in celebration of womanhood, a dance by women and for women’s purposes to celebrate the various stages of life. The following are eyewitness accounts of this ancient and enduring custom.

Also: Sacred Womb; Science Confirms; Origins—The Ghawazi, the Ouled Nail, and the Gypsies; Woman’s Body as Vessel, as Temple

VEILDANCERChapter 5: The Dancer’s Costume: Symbolic and Glorious

Also: The Veil; The Healing Powers of Gemstones

Part Two: Modern Sacred Dance Today

Chapter 6: Modern Dance: The Sacred Dance of Eternity

Also: Isadora Duncan: Mother of Modern Dance; Ruth St. Denis: The American Priestess; Dances of Universal Peace

Additional Chapters: Moon Dance; The Sacred Circle



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