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About Ancient Dances

 

As a religious, philosophical, and ritual expression, dance has an important role in the practice of Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, and other Asian belief systems. Long unbroken transmissions of movement forms are reflected in religious artistic depictions, where performative iconography is mystical code as well as movement illustration. Ancient Dances looks at the aspects of dance and spirituality to enhance practice and appreciation among readers, and to raise cultural awareness in our changing world. It uses dance as a lens to explore states of consciousness and symbolic representations. 

 

 

About the author 

 

Joseph Houseal is the director of Core of Culture, an organization dedicated to safeguarding intangible world culture and assuring the continuity of ancient dance traditions where they originate.  


Ancient Dances is published monthly.

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Performative Iconography, Part One
Mystic expressions of tantric meditation
Uploaded 2 Nov 2019
Monklife, Part Two: An Obstacle Clearing Ritual
Transmission of the Accomplishment of Mani ritual at Dorje Drak Monastery
Uploaded 6 Sep 2019
The Very Long Life of <i>Bugaku</i>
Beauty and antiquity, order and dignity . . .
Uploaded 3 Aug 2019
Monklife, Part One
Ritual dance in Vajrayana monasticism
Uploaded 6 Jul 2019
Immortality and Invincibility, Part Two: Notions of the Body, Concrete and Subtle
Conceiving the human form in Buddhist and Taoist thought
Uploaded 1 Jun 2019
Big Book, Small Kingdom
Ambitious photographic glimpses of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan
Uploaded 4 May 2019
Immortality and Invincibility, Part One: The 108 Luohan System
At the confluence of Taoism and Buddhism
Uploaded 5 Apr 2019
Ted Shawn on Buddhism
Explorers, adventurers, and dancers: divining the Dharma
Uploaded 8 Mar 2019
Atsumori
Tales of transience, honor, and transcendence
Uploaded 2 Feb 2019
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