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Inhaltsangabe: From southern Greece to northern Russia, people have long believed in female spirits, bringers of fertility, who dance in the fields and forests. So appealing were these spirit-maidens that they took up residence in nineteenth-century Romantic literature. Elizabeth Wayland Barber has sleuthed through ethnographic lore and archaeological reports of east and southeast Europe, translating 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 colouring Easter eggs and throwing rice at the bride.
Rezension: "...this delightful, indeed remarkable book is an intellectual detective story that peels back the layers of folklore, tradition, history, etymology, ethnography and archaeology that surround the dancing spirits..." --Literary Review
Buchbeschreibung W W NORTON & CO Apr 2014, 2014. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 235x178x15 mm. Neuware - A fascinating exploration of an ancient system of beliefs and its links to the evolution of dance. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780393348507