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Dance In worship Final Terms
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Reverence, devotion or homage to a deity, person, or thing. May involve attitudes or actions proper with a worship setting such as prayers, ceremonial readings, interpretations, songs, or dance.
From an anthropological and sociological point of view, religion could rightly be described as one's response to the exigency of the human condition, which the individual is driven to seek security, status, and permanence by identifying himself with a reality greater, more worthy and more durable than self. Such a definition would cover not only the great ethnic religions, but also prehistoric animistic religions, nature religions, and the ancient mystery religions.
The study of God and of religious doctrine sand matters of divinity. In Greek, Theos means God and logos means word.
Belief that there is only one god
belief in more than one god
A practice or procedure done at regular intervals.
Of the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the body or material matters, sacred; Latin word for spirit is spirare meaning breath, wind, or moving air.
Symbolic Christian ceremony or rite such as baptism or Eucharist; sacraments usually involve or imply a promise or commitment. Most sacraments involve movement and gesture and physical elements, and sometimes dance may be involved.
Worship of the people, originally from the Greek word, leitourgia, meaning "work of the people."
An art form performed by individuals or groups, existing in time, using movement, energy, and space, in which the body is the instrument and movement is the medium.
Dance that is holy or set apart for sacred purposes. This term sacred dance may be used when speaking about dances of worship in any faith tradition throughout the world.
Any type of dance not associated with sacred, religious or spiritual. Of a particular time and place, not set apart.
Dance, movement and gesture used within worship by professional or non-professional dancers for the worship of God. It is intended to add depth and dimension to the spoken or sung text or music within the worship service by use of visual display, as enhancement for the words as they come to life through movement and drama. It may be performed outside of the worship liturgy in other settings, but is usually not intended as entertainment, but for the purpose of worship.
Types of Liturgical dance
praise dance, reflective dance, interpretive dance, improvisational dance, and freestyle dance.
A suggested posture for the liturgical dancer; the physical area of the dancer's body of the head, neck, and face, where the dancer has an open and welcoming presence of confidence, clarity and focus.
to give a concrete or discernible form to an idea, a concept of a thing, or person; a tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling.
Embodiment in human flesh
Seasons of the Christian Church
Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, & Pentecost, Ordinary Time.
Most often an elevated level of floor space in the front of a worship sanctuary, where one might find an altar, a communion table or a pulpit.
Central part of a church or temple, usually from the entry door into the main sanctuary space and excluding the side aisles. Usually where pews are chairs are located in 20th & 21st centuries.
The crossing area between the nave and the chancel where there is space to walk and there are no chairs or pews. Likened to the cross bar near the top of a cross.
The open path walking area (which may have steps) between rows of pews or other sitting areas. This area allows worshippers entrance and exit possibilities within the sanctuary.
Dancing pavement in front of or to the west door of the church where mystery and miracle plays were presented during the later medieval period 1100-1400.
A processional step used in early 12th century Christianity. This Latin word meaning "three steps." Full meaning is three steps forward for human kind's continued forward movement of health and welfare, and one step back for setbacks.
Direction, explanation, or guidelines for something; worship services often have a prescribed rubrics for worshippers to follow the ritual of worship like a bulletin.
Houses or Locations of Worship
temple or synagogue (Jewish),
terrerio (Yoruba), and
Symbolic or ritual hand gestures in sacred dances of Hinduism and Buddhism. Most are performed with the hands and fingers, where some mudras involve the entire body.
A meditative twirling style of sacred dance which originated in the 1200's in Turkey with Rumi; a sub-sect of the Muslim faith, specifically the Sufi's. Practiced during the Sema ceremony, the twirling represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through mind and love to "Perfect," whirling towards the truth, the dancer deserts her/his ego, finding love to arrive at the "Perfect."
This can be a dance that begins with explicit religious material such as a familiar text from a faith tradition where those viewing the dance are thrown into a fresh seeing of the where the audience experiences a familiar religious text or song in a new way.(Examples - Lord's Prayer, Sioux Indian Prayer, Fix Me Jesus (Revelations)
This can be a dance about anything where the viewer of the dance is startled and delighted by a unique kinetic and visual image that suddenly throws a new light, its own unforeseen light, on tradition, theology, or spirituality. In other words, the dance inspires religious or spiritual thoughts or ideas. (Example - Reach Dance in simple movements)
The most ancient of the Indian classical sacred dances, originated in Hindu temples, about stories gods/goddesses from Hindu Sanskrit, most often performed by females.
Ancient Indian classical sacred dance from south India about the stories of gods/goddesses and/or morality stories in ancient Hindu Sanskrit, primary liturgical language of Hinduism; a story play using elaborately colorful make-up; all roles performed by men.
Ancient Indian classical sacred dance from north India, also a storytelling dance from ancient Sanskrit about gods/goddesses, more often performed by females, but occasionally males; dancers often do many twirling and stamping movements with multiple tiny bells on their ankles; lots of very specific facial, hand and eye movements.
A Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings. The Torah for the Jews is the first 5 books of the Judeo-Christian Bible.
Dancing around the Torah and with the Torah is often found at this occasion.
Indian Temple Dances
Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Odissi
Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman who was planning to kill all the Jews during the Achaemenid Persian Empire, recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.
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