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African Culture: African Dances
Cultural dances play a huge role in cultural expression with all cultures. These forms of dance are usually used to teach things, such as moral values and social etiquette. They actually play an even bigger role in African society than others. In African culture, majority of every African dance generally occupy the African continent. Usually these dances are filled with bursting energy, grace, and flowing rhythm. In african culture, dance is actually a way of expressing a belief. To them, dance is a way of marking life experiences, celebrations, encouraging growth in crops, honoring ancestors, kings, and queens, and many other ceremonial occasions. Dance can also just be a source of fun and enjoyment. Dance, just like every other aspect of African life, is in inspired spiritually. Each dance is specific to the different areas of Africa as well. There are so many different names for different dances, for each cultural group. One example of an african dance is the Adumu.
The Adumu is the dance of the Maasai people of East Africa. This dance initiates an adult boy into what they call a ¨Warrior Man¨. During this dance they gather in a circle while one or two boys jumps in the middle of the circle. This dance is usually performed during a ceremony for them coming of age as well as a warrior. This is called Eonoto. The goal is to keep a narrow posture while jumping as high as possible not touching their heels to the ground. The higher they go the higher the pitch of the music and chants get. At the end of the dance, they gain their warrior status and also get the option of choosing a bride. While this dance is for the boys and mean of the group, there are dances for women as well.
For the Malinke people in Guinea, this dance is called Moribayassa. This dance is for the women who has overcome a great deal of adversity. This dance is for women who need help with something very important -like becoming pregnant or healing from a sickness- they ask the spirit of Moriba Yassa for help. The woman vows that when the wish is granted, she will dance the Moribayassa. Dressing up in old ragged clothes, circling the village, dancing and singing along with the music. During this time the women of the village follow her around as she gets out of her clothes and buries them in a special spot. In African culture, segregation is typically enforced in dancing. They do this to reinforce gender roles in children, but they do have African dances where they allow the genders to join in together.
Eskista, also known as the snake dance of Ethiopia, is one of a few dances allowing both men and women to participate at once. It is a traditional Ethiopian dance focusing on upper body. You vigorously move your chest, shoulders, and shoulder...