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Author Barber, E. J. W., 1940-

Title The dancing goddesses : folklore, archaeology, and the origins of European dance / Elizabeth Wayland Barber.

Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton, c2013.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    398.20949 BAR    Available
 PAS Lamanda Park Branch Non-Fiction    398.20949 BAR    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xiii, 429 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 381-400) and index.
Contents Introduction: Dancing as life : how dance was thought to bring life -- I. Dancing the year : the ritual cycle of fertility -- Swan maidens, mermaids, and tree spirits -- Marking time -- To bring the spring -- Dancing up a storm -- Crazy week--Rusalia week -- Flowers with powers -- Midsummer Rusalii -- Friday, St. Friday -- The twelve days of Christmas -- II. Bride-dancing for fertility: the frog princess -- The cosmic arrow -- Bride testing -- Trial by dance -- The magic sleeve dance -- Second skins -- The hut on chicken legs -- Koshchey the deathless -- III. Dancing back through time -- Medieval traces -- Roman showbiz -- Dancing with the Greeks -- Back to the Bronze Age -- Dancing at the dawn of agriculture -- IV. Gotta dance! -- Keeping together in time -- Dancing the time warp -- Epilogue: dancing divinity.
Subject Folklore -- Europe, Eastern.
Folklore -- Balkan Peninsula.
Goddesses -- Folklore.
Agriculture -- Folklore.
Folk dancing -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- To 1500.
Folk dancing -- Balkan Peninsula -- History -- To 1500.
Ethnoarchaeology -- Europe, Eastern.
Ethnoarchaeology -- Balkan Peninsula.
Europe, Eastern -- Social life and customs.
Balkan Peninsula -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 9780393065367 (hbk.)
0393065367 (hbk.)

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