Belly Dance

In ancient times of matriarchal society, women met once a month on hills and mountain tops - symbols of the 'belly', to unite themselves with their gods by swinging their hips to a certain rhythm.
By the Greek era, the role of priests was taken over by men , and thus belly dancing was gradually fazed out of the worshipping rituals. In Roman times dancers were used for shows and entertainment at parties.
During Christian times belly dancing was forbidden altogether as it was perceived as a sinful form of movement. Despite that women gathered in secret by night to dance and express themselves. Till today, in Arab countries women dance at their own gatherings , were man have no admission.
Young girls, celebrate their coming of age (after having their first menses) by dancing for the first time in front of other mature women. Grandmothers pass on their dancing kills and techniques to their daughters and granddaughters, thanks to which belly dancing has survived over many years and has retained it's traditions and symbols.

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