Dancing and the beginning of art scenes in the early village communities of the Near East and southeast Europe

Yosef Garfinkel*

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Abstract

Dancing is depicted in the earliest art of the ancient Near East. It appears in many variations from the ninth to the sixth millennium BP over a vast geographical range. This article discusses the dancing performance, the social context of the dance and cognitive aspects of the dancing scenes. Ethnographic observations are used in order to gain a wider view of dancing and dancing scenes in pre-state societies. A correlation can be observed between art, symbolism, religion and social organization.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)207-237
Number of pages31
JournalCambridge Archaeological Journal
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

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