The author of this book has quenched my thirst to know more about the symbols of Belly Dancing.
Intuitively, I had always known that all those circles, figure 8s, snakes, crescents came from the deep-deep-deep roots. The book of Maria Strova shed the light on to all of them. I am so happy that it has being translated into English.
Here are the words from this book I really like and that I totally agree with:
"Although belly dancing has its own characteristic language, which gives it its identity as a dynamic manifestation, its execution cannot be limited to repeating steps and choreography. It would be essential for us as women if there weren't a personal revelation in every move, every step, and every stare. This diversity accounts for its growth through the unique contributions of people who dedicated themselves to it seriously and passionately."Strova, Maria. The Secret Language of Belly Dancing: Symbols. Sensuality. Maternity. Forgotten Roots. Macro Edizioni, 2005
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