Raqs Sharqi as Old as History!






















































In Celebration of the Feminine Divine


Raqs Sharqi has descended from a religious dance which bore sacral sense, praised feminine origin, goddesses of fertility and women in general. In the society of that time Belly dance symbolized what was considered as divine mission of each woman: process of conception of the child, incubation and childbirth. As early as 1000 B.C., temple engravings depicting dancers have been found in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece.

They emergence of belly dance is connected with the ceremonies worshiping of the Egyptian Goddess Isis, the Greek Aphrodite, Mesopotamian Ishtar, Marduk and Innana, all of whom are personifying an image of Great Mother Goddess; The Feminine Divine, The Masculine Divine, Fertility and Power.






Queens of Bellydance!





Egyptian Dance of The Pharaohs

IMMORTAL EGYPTIAN DANCE






Most Bellydancers used to be Queens, Princesses or Warriors.

Many of these warriors would kill and murder in order to Achieve Glory.

They were presented to the monarchs as heroes of their nations and got to spend a night with the King, they were the Queen of the Night.

Some of these dancers still cant let go of their swords!


Some still worship it and put it on thier heads, they only dance because they are haunted by the ghosts of the past & the people they have killed! Eventually they learn to dance instead and make amends for their sins of the past!

Many are still fighting and resisting dancing, some push the pleasures down (to a certain area) because sexual pleasures are more enjoyable than bellydancing half naked in front of lewd men for them!

Some put their scarfs on their heads instead of around their hips and many resist the urge to dance because its considered slutty in many cultures of the world.

They dont like to show skin & be sensual (which is a feminine thing to do) and even resist and wear the chador hijab (litteral translation "tent"; because they made love in them before) instead...

In India the women only show their belly (Sari) because thats all they are wiling to reveal...

Some have even been fighting the Islamization Process of (un-veiling) for thousands of years (i.e. Iranian Revolution) & hate unveiling their secrets...

Some even secretly worship their swords!

Because it saved their lives during battle!

SOME OF THEM WANT TO BE WORSHIPPED!


Some made fun of the court dancers and even mocked them as sluts and instead fought and killed humans for glory in order to get the attention of the princes and kings and sleep with them...

These Princess Warriors never truly whole heartedly surrendered or accepted submission to God, unveiled and\or layed down their swords in order to become peaceful...

It is important to note that women all around the world dance sensually and it considered a very normal feminine thing to do all around the globe...

These women need to heal from these wounds of battle and this cannot be forced upon them, rather this is part of the healing & self-realization process...


It is also important to note that Bellydancing and Raqs Sharqi are considered the Most Healing, Sacred, Mystical & Islamic dances of the Middle East...

You really have to be extremely humble & lower your ego and take a lot of nonsense as a musician in order to empower these strong independent women in every imagineable way...

It's really not that fun, not being the center of attention and getting all the love, respect and honor that is awarded and comes with playing Middle Eastern Classical Music and being a Classical Musician...

People look down upon Raqs Sharqi musicians and refer to them as Motreb; a derogatory term, The same applies to playing at Bellydance venues instead of well established Classical music venues, which is seriously looked down upon as well...

Based on IMPERIAL & ROYAL COURT DANCE traditions, these strong willed and independent women need strong willed and confident men and in order to be empowered and you should always empower them and their domain & the domains they are located in...

May you be successful on your path of healing and self-realization and be joyous in all your endeavors, art and dance which has been passed on to us through-out history!



















































































































































































































































































Hopefully by preserving this beautiful and joyous music and dance which traces its roots to Pre-Historic times along with these beautiful traditional rhythms (mizan, iqa, vazn, darb, dawr, adwar) that are played as Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dance rhythms or as accompaniment to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean melodies we can pass on the beauty of these traditions to the next generations.

-Shirzad Sharif

انشاالله
God Willing