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by Yvonne Daniel

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ISBN: 0252072073
Author: Yvonne Daniel
Language: English
Publisher: University of Illinois Press (September 12, 2005)
Pages: 348
Category: Performing Arts
Subcategory: Art
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Yvonne Daniel: The premise of my book, Dancing Wisdom, is that within the dancing body there is wisdom to be gained.

Yvonne Daniel: The premise of my book, Dancing Wisdom, is that within the dancing body there is wisdom to be gained.

The literature demonstrates how African people of the diaspora are reclaiming the dignity and the spiritual world views embodied through dance (Aschenbrenner 2002; Browning 1995; Daniels 2005; Dixon-Gottschild 1998; Dunham 1947 Dunham, 1969 Ousmare 2005 Ousmare, 2007 Welsh Asante 1993)

Dancing Wisdom offers the rare opportunity to see into the world of mystical spiritual belief as articulated and manifested in ritual by dance

Dancing Wisdom offers the rare opportunity to see into the world of mystical spiritual belief as articulated and manifested in ritual by dance. Whether it is a Cuban Yoruba dance ritual, slave Ring Shout or contemporary Pentecostal Holy Ghost possession dancing shout, we are able to understand the relationship with spirit through dancing with the Divine.

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Cuban Yoruba dance draws upon centuries of collective wisdom expressed through embodied knowledge. Embodied knowledge involves and focuses on wisdom acquired and obtained through the human body or suprahuman body (the result of spiritual transformation while dancing). In similar ways to the Orisha dances of the Cuban Yoruba people, the dances in Haitian Vodou and Bahian Candomble all exhibit wisdom-inducing and wisdom-expressing functions among their respective communities (Daniel, 2005, p. 265).

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Daniel notes in her 1974 experience in Haiti that: During that first ceremony I realized how much I had learned from dancing in Haitian dance classes

Daniel notes in her 1974 experience in Haiti that: During that first ceremony I realized how much I had learned from dancing in Haitian dance classes. I recognized and understood a great deal of Haitian religion just from the process of learning the dances.

In nine chapters, the author categorizes her formal and informal learning within three distinct yet related belief systems that rely heavily on dance behavior-Haitian vodou, Cuban yoruba, and Bahian candomble-in the process making a vital contribution to African Diaspora studies by means primarily of dance, music data. The book begins with a contextualizing of the three belief systems within their respective countries, noting the paradox of their growing popularity in the face of historical disapproval and attempts at erasure by elites.

Concentrating on the Caribbean Basin and the coastal area of northeast South America, Yvonne Daniel considers three African-derived religious systems that rely heavily on dance behavior--Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahamian Candomble. Combining her background in dance and anthropology to parallel the participant/scholar dichotomy inherent to dancing's embodied knowledge, Daniel examines these misunderstood and oppressed performative dances in terms of physiology, psychology, philosophy, mathematics, ethics, and aesthetics.

Comments:

Golden Lama
This was a great book on dancing, as I read the book I could picture it in my mind.
Beranyle
answered just about all of my questions regarding such traditional dancing.. particularly questions like "what is really going on when they are dancing?" and "whats the point?".. "what is the practical aim for condomble, yoruba and vodou ceremonies?". Good book, and it would be a dream to meet or speak to Yvonne myself regarding her work.
FreandlyMan
Ms. Daniel has extensive personal knowledge of her subject and writes about it with great insight and affection. I teach Afro-Caribbean dance and use this as a text resource. It is respectful, articulate and up to date. Embodied Knowledge is priceless.
Nagis
Having danced with Ms. Annie King, master Dance Vodoun teacher from Katherine Dunham's tradition I was expecting much from this book. I believe I was unrealistic with my expectation. I was expecting it to trigger memories of my dance with the Loa and they joy that brought to my soul while under the tutelage of Ms. King. In stead I felt is overstated the experience. Let dancers dance, the expereince is not in reading about it!!! My lesson to learn. SQ
Naa
Necessary book on African Religions that made it across to the Americas. Martha-Marie

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