Ancient Egypt 2675-332 B.C.E.: Dance

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chapter two
DANCE

EdwardBleiberg

IMPORTANT EVENTS … 64
OVERVIEW … 65
TOPICS

Preconceptions about Dance … 66
Dance in Visual Art … 66
Costumes and Fashion in Dance … 68
The Dancers … 69
Funeral Dances … 73
Muu-Dancers … 76
The Iba-Dance and Heby-Dance … 79
Cult Dances … 81

SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE

Horihotep … 81
Khnumhotep … 82
Watetkhethor … 82

DOCUMENTARY SOURCES … 82

SIDEBARS AND PRIMARY DOCUMENTS
Primary sources are listed in italics
The Wiseman Any on Dance (excerpt from the wisdom texts concerning the value of song and dance to the gods) … 66
A Prince Sends the Khener to a Funeral (dancers are sent to participate in a royal funeral) … 71
Story of a Khener (tale of deities disguised as dancers) … 71
Thanks for a Gift of a Dancing Pygmy (inscription on the tomb of a man who gifted a young king with a pygmy) … 72
Dance Captions from the Tomb of Watetkhethor (text accompanying dancing figures drawn on the inside of a tomb) … 74
The Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys (directions for performing a funerary dance) … 75
Liturgy of Washing (liturgy from the Pyramid Texts meant to be recited through dance) … 75
Ferrymen in a Funeral Procession Text (Funerary text displaying the words spoken during the performance of muu-dancers) … 77
Muu-Dancers as Four Royal Crowns (Pyramid Text translation of words spoken during Muu dance of crown personification) … 78

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