How is this dance different from other dances ?
It is characterized by large movements of the abdomen , hips and buttocks. These are movements found in many islands ( Polynesia, New Guinea , Zanzibar, etc. . ) , And across the African continent , as stated by the German historian Kurt Satch .
Many art forms , including dance, survived the Egypt of Antiquity . There are more than three thousand years of Egyptian society prized music and dance as evidenced frescoes and tombs, as well as written documents relating temple ceremonies of Abydos , the celebration of Wafa it Nile ( the flood Nil ) , the harvest ...
Undoubtedly the civilization of Ancient Egypt was a technological, political and artistic point of view much more advanced than was that of its invaders. Art in Egypt survived the occupation and foreign conquests. Indeed, it seems that the Egyptians still have enriched their immense artistic heritage through Persia ( 2525 BC) , the emergence of Christianity, the Arab conquerors.
But the population of Egypt was largely rural fiercely conservative , and art in Egypt survived the occupation and foreign conquests. Unfortunately, this is the Roman occupation which caused a collapse of the Egyptian society , slowing the momentum of the popular arts . Shortly after the Arab conquest , the guys banned dancing. Statues , paintings and all representations of the dance were also banned , it was the same for the theatrical art .
Yet today belly dancing is a popular in Egypt and all Arab countries popular art form. It is a spontaneous dance that all Arab women practice despite the taboos that surround it. In the Arab world , belly dance differs from one region to another by details in the movements, not costumes. This diversity demonstrates the long history of this dance.