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Egypt

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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

...bce ) are rare. Later, scenes of sports predominate. In a scene from the First Intermediate period, a “dance mistress” directs a group dance, conducting with a (pseudo-?) sistrum, while another uses a wand, as a female monkey burlesques the dancers. All of this may be a religious agrarian entertainment or even a war dance. The divine “god dance” of the dwarfs was greatly appreciated, and the performers much prized. If dwarfs were not available, the antics of Egyptian chondrodystrophic cripples supplemented the demand. Grotesque dwarf-figure toys for children...

Cuba

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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...it remained a Spanish colony, and slavery was abolished only in 1886 . In 1895 a new war for independence culminated in the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the establishment of the Cuban republic that year. On 1 January 1959 Fidel Castro 's Marxist government, based on agrarian reform, replaced a series of dictators. The population, some 12 million, are of Spanish (criollos) , African, and mixed Spanish-African descent. They are mainly Roman Catholic, which is tolerated by the government. Since the mid-nineteenth century urban Western culture has...

China

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
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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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