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The Dancing Goddesses 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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • The Dancing Goddesses
  • Elizabeth Wayland Barber
  • English
  • 04 April 2017
  • 0393065367

10 thoughts on “The Dancing Goddesses


  1. says:

    I finished this book back in the summer, but wanted to write a sorta detailed review for a while, just never got around to it Barber s scholarship is immense At some moments of reading I was reminded of reading Frazer s Golden Bough some general principle or observation is noted, then illustrated with numerous examples and instantiations Sounds exciting enough right But, Barber s book has some issue with structure and direction, in my assessment at least The general premise of the book is I finished this book back in the summer, but wanted to write a sorta detailed review for a while, just never got around to it Barber s scholarship is immense At some moments of reading I was reminded of reading Frazer s Golden Bough some general principle or observation is noted, then illustrated wit...


  2. says:

    As anyone who has ever sung a work song while digging knows, communal song and dance are a community bonding activity that channels energy Barber looks at Eastern European folk dance and triangulates it with folklore and archaeological materials, especially textile and pottery designs, to make the case that it is a very stable transmitter of useful information about the calendar, work techniques, the natural environment and cultural values which often boil down to don t marry anyone stupid or As anyone who has ever sung a work song while digging knows, communal song and dance are a community bonding activity that channels energy Barber looks at Eastern European folk dance and triangulates it with folklore and archaeological materials, especially textile and pottery designs, to make the case that it is a very stable transmitter of useful information about the calendar, work techniques, the natural environment and cultural values which often boil down ...


  3. says:

    This book is an archeologist s ode to her passion for Eastern European folk dance Parts are erudite, and full of fascinating facts about the region s culture and history She explains, for instance, why the colors of white, red and black are so popular Why embroidery goes around the neck and sleeves to protect the wearer from evil spirits , why some dances go clockwise and others the reverse, why dances from some regions have regular beats, such as 3 4 or 4 4, and other regions have odder o This book is an archeologist s ode to her passion for Eastern European folk dance Parts are erudite, and full of fascinating facts about the region s culture and history She explains, for instance...


  4. says:

    Amazing anthropological work on the origins of folk dance and folklore in Eastern Europe.


  5. says:

    Barber, Professor Emerita of Archeology and Linguistics at Occidental College, sets out to document the origins of dance in the region ranging from Crete through the Balkans to the Baltic In the effort, however, she spans not only her native disciplines but also women s herstory, the social sciences, ethnology, and folkloristics to systematically explore the gestalt of agrarian culture, from folktales and ballads, herbalism and textile arts, to courtship and marriage rituals, as well as dance, Barber, Professor Emerita of Archeology and Linguistics at Occidental College, sets ou...


  6. says:

    Having studied Middle Eastern culture and history extensively, I didn t think that Ms Barber s tome would have many surprises for me I was wrong From the earliest civilizations, we learn that dance was used to promote unity among farming communities, that dancing spirit maidens living in deep woods were said to promote prosperity and abundant crops in nearby villages, and that indeed dance was a means of communication long before language evolved Rater than separating cultures and ideas, Ms H...


  7. says:

    I loved reading this book I learned so many incredibly interesting things, and I would say my biggest takeaways were how much folklore has been lost in the last few hundred years, but also how deep the roots of folklore go So many parts of our lives are influenced by this history in ways it isn t always easy to see without the framework of that folklore to guide you For example, I never knew that there was an actual folkloric history to Yankee Doodle and his macaroni I am surprised by seeing I loved reading this book I learned so many incredibly interesting things, and I would say my biggest ...


  8. says:

    Another good and comprehensive analysis of a particular part of history in this case folk dancing While the subject focusses mostly on thr Russian and slavic traditions, she also discusses the Celts and other european cultures and traces the history back through Romany, Indian, Roman and Greek influences, all the way back to paleolithic times Besides dancing, there is discussion...


  9. says:

    If you read this book, you will be enlightened about history, anthropology, folkways, language, the lives of women, and dance Barber takes us from current day Balkan people back through medieval times to the Romans and Greeks back to Bronze and Neolithic times This is a readable, though schola...


  10. says:

    Author taught linguistics, archaeology, and cognitive science and has gathered together what is known and conjectured about the origin of European dance A lot of it went over my head but I loved her piecing together what is know about women and dance in he...

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