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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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Ritualized Landscapes: Performative Iconography
A Look at large Buddhist rituals in Tibetan China
Uploaded 8 Dec 2018
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Dancing, Healing, and Spiritual Realization, Part Five: Epilogue
Spiritual healing, transmissions, and initiations
Uploaded 8 Sep 2018
World Peace! Thumbs Up! Some Martial Aspects of Buddhist Dance
A closer look at martial behavior in Vajrayana Buddhist culture
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An Eye, a Lens, a Dance
Movement and light, an exhibition of dance photography from China
Uploaded 2 Mar 2018
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