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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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Mongolian <i>Tsam</i>, Socialist Realism: People’s Painter Urjingiin Yadamsuren
One of the great ethnographers of Buddhist ritual dance
Uploaded 11 Sep 2020
Three Aspects of Buddhist Dance
Dance actual, dance depicted, and dance ephemeral . . .
Uploaded 8 Aug 2020
The Secret Life of Collections
Insights into Czech cultural connections with Buddhist Mongolia
Uploaded 11 Jul 2020
Rarified, Recondite, and Abstruse: Zeami’s <i>Nine Stages</i>
The hidden wisdom of Japanese Noh
Uploaded 13 Jun 2020
Dance and Museums, Celebrating Core of Culture at 20
Tracing Intangible world heritage and ancient dance traditions
Uploaded 16 May 2020
Meditation in Motion, Footsteps to the Sublime
Tantric dance and treasures of the Vajrayana
Uploaded 18 Apr 2020
<i>Jardin aux Lilas</i>, the First Zen Ballet
Capturing the Zen of unspoken heartbreak
Uploaded 6 Mar 2020
Tyra Kleen: <i>Mudra</i>
Cross-cultural encounters with ritual dance
Uploaded 8 Feb 2020
Dance in the Reality You Have
Reflecting and expressing authenticity
Uploaded 11 Jan 2020
Performative Iconography, Part Two
The sacred dance without and within
Uploaded 7 Dec 2019
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