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Agrarian Laws

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The economy envisaged by the laws of the Torah was purely agricultural. The people of Israel were entering a land of milk and honey, blessed by the seven species (Dt. ...

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
12,773 words

...by dancing, as was the month-long Opet Festival, during which the sacred bark of Amun sailed the Nile from Karnak to Luxor and back. There were dances in homage to the king at the receipt of foreign tribute, at ceremonies when the monarch conferred honors upon subjects; at agrarian work-associated festivities, such as thanksgiving, at harvest time; at postcircumcision initiation rites; at war or combat dances and games; as entertainment for the king and others of quality or rank; at banquets; at funerary feasts and in processions; and during the transport...

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
15,393 words

...Arts ; Costume in Asian Traditions ; and Mask and Makeup , article on Asian Traditions . ] An Overview The immense time span of Chinese history permits only a subjective view of so transient an art as dancing. Dance in China evolved from the socioreligious rituals of early agrarian communities, blossomed as secular entertainment under court patronage while also serving the needs of Confucian high ritual, and finally emerged as a great animating force of the theater. In theater lies China's most obvious contribution to the dance. History The texts of the...

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