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Oriental dance (the correct name for belly dancing) did not originate as a dance of seduction, for centuries, the role of Oriental dance in Middle Eastern society has been that of a folk dance enjoyed at special occasions by men, women, and children. Following the rise of Islam, people lived in segregated households. The men lived on one side of the house, and the women lived with the children on the other side. The word "harem" does not refer to some exotic seduction chamber filled with naked women lolling on pillows awaiting their turn to seduce the Sultan. Instead, it simply refers to the section of the home where women carried about their everyday business of cooking, sewing, gossiping with friends, and minding the children. The word "harem" comes from the word "haram", which means "forbidden'" men who were not part of the immediate family were forbidden to enter the women's quarters when they visited their friends. The intent was to protect the women of the household from strangers.
When festive occasions would arise, the women would celebrate with other women, and the men would have a separate festivity. Historically, the two genders did not mix. In the afternoons, women would sometimes gather at the homes of their sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, or grandmother.; to enjoy dancing for each other as an expression of joy.
With time, Europeans brought theirinfluence to the Middle East. Egyptian composers like Mohammed Abdel Wahab created a new style 01 music heavily influenced by the Western orchestral sound, Cairo and Beirut emerged as important cultural centers in the Arabic world. Dance stars were born and the early days of the Egyptian film industry turned Samia Gamal. Tahia Carioca, and Keti into international stars, and the Hollywood-inspired sequinned bra/belt costume made its first appearance.
Middle Eastern Dance, also known as belly dancing, is a very ancient art form. This style of intricate dancing with body locks, undulations and isolations has been found represented in the dances of India and Polynesia as well as throughout the Middle-East. where it is believed to have originated. It is believed to have developed in ancient Mesopotamia, during the dawn of the first great civilization known to humankied that of the Sumerians. Babylon and Assyria were the next great civilizations to occupy the same land, which later became part of the Persian Empire.
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