It is a personal investigation into the effects of the dance's movements on individual parts of the body and the whole psyche. The translator has done an excellent job of producing a result that reads smoothly, with none of the awkwardness that often arises in the translation process. Al-Rawi has written a strikingly graceful and original book that blends personal memoir with the history and theory of the dance known in the West as belly dancing. In the veil dance, a woman dances the knowledge of the new living creature that can be born from her. It is a personal investigation into the effects of the dance's movements on individual parts of the body and the whole psyche.
It is a history of the dance from the earliest times through the days of the Pharoahs, the Roman Empire, to the Arab world of the last three centuries. It offers exercises both mental and physical for bringing mind and body into harmony. Will include dust jacket if it originally came with one. If you liked that book, you will like this one too. She lives in Jerusalem and Vienna, where she teaches belly dancing.
It may suit some people, but not others. Similar issues exist throughout the Third and Fourth sections of this book. Grandmother's Secrets The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing 978-1-56656-302-4 Belly dancing, so aptly named, leads to the deep, dark cave, the center of the earth, before flying, in all its pride and life-force, up to the light, to inspiration, and to new awareness. The E-mail message field is required. Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi grew up in Iraq and Lebanon and was educated at the Universities of Cairo and Vienna.
I have never had any contact with anyone associated with this book. This is my favorite part of the book, and I wish it had been longer. It is a history of the dance from the earliest times through the days of the Pharaohs, the Roman Empire, to the Arab world of the last three centuries. The individual disappears behind the archetype, the divine; the mystical and erotic become one. It is a guide to the actual techniques of the dance for those who are inspired to put down the book and move.
The author's intent here is not to provide instruction on how to put together a belly dance performance to display in front of other people, but rather how to use this dance form for one's own personal wellness program. It starts with ancient times, and progresses to modern times. The coverage of this topic is superficial, which makes sense considering that there is limited space to address such a broad subject. If you've read any of the other reviews, then this will probably sound like a broken record: the first section is great. The third section of the book discusses ways to use each body part in the dance, starting at the top of the head and progressing through the body down to the toes. The Snake of Spontaneity is Coiled in the Pelvis The Pelvis As Full as the Moon, as Soft as Clouds in the Wind The Belly ; The Pillars of the Temple The Legs ; Hold My Feet, Mother and Give Me Strength The Feet ; Part Four: Variations and Rituals; The Floor Dance; The Stick Dance; The Veil Dance; Walking and Whirling; The Menstruation Dance Rahil ; The Wedding Dance; The Birth Dance; The Trance Dance; The Mourning Dance; Epilogue; Works Cited; Endnotes.
I have been looking for a book that dives into the meaning of each movement, it's spiritual concepts, etc. Take this chalk in your hand. I started 5 years ago. . Grandmother's Secrets always circles back to the grandmother and this young girl, echoing the circular movements of the dance itself. Grandmother's Secrets always circles back to this grandmother and this young girl, echoing the circular movements of the dance itself.
Now draw a dot and concentrate all your energy into this one dot. That would really make for an interesting story. As one who has been making dance costumes for years and now at 50 starting to learn the American Tribal Style of dance, I must say. Al-Rawi conveys in this book not only the history and technique of grieving and mourning dances, pregnancy and birth dances, but the spirit of these age-old rituals, and their possibilities for healing and empowering women today. Author: Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi; Monique Arav Publisher: Massachusetts : Interlink Pub. The way to the spirit is found via the body, via the matter.
As the dancer's body melds with the veil, the sacred manifests itself. However, I find it disappointing that this book had so few resources to support the very important claims on history she presented, especially when she used so many resources for the other sections of the book. The English-language translation was the version used for this review. Now draw a dot and concentrate all your energy into this one dot. Too often I've seen dancers with flawless technique treat this art like a professional sport, forgetting its roots not just culturally, but emotionally.
However, I would not recommend it as a tool for learning about Oriental dance history or origins of the moves. Her tone is warm and inviting, and she makes the reader want to share in the fulfillment that she herself has found in dancing. . Grandmother's Secrets always circles back to this grandmother and this young girl, echoing the circular movements of the dance itself. Not radical, fanatical religion, but a spiritualism in it's gentle form , it offers a rare look inside the empowerment of the female gender of a culture different from my own, a possession I never knew existed. This section offers a glimpse into the rhythm of an upper-class Middle Eastern household of a few decades ago. By: Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi book Come, sit next to me, says Grandmother.
The whole point she's trying to make is that the body and the spirit are not separable in this dance, and so comprehending her understanding of the parts of the body is key. Al-Rawi has written a strikingly graceful and original book that blends personal memoir with the history and theory of the dance known in the West as belly dancing. You Will Probably Enjoy This Book If. Ancient rituals and healing power of belly dancing Responsibility: by Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi ; translated by Monique Arav. Swung over the head or over one's shoulder, it seems to take in the space and extend one's aura.