Serpent of the Nile Women and Dance in the Arab World


Serpent of the Nile Women and Dance in the Arab World by Wendy Buonaventura is a beautiful book full of paintings and old photos depiciting female belly dancers. The author traces the dances roots from it's pagan beginnings, to it's roots in the East and comments on how Arabic dance has been misinterpreted by Western society.

I was very surprised to find a large community of American belly dancers, who are trying to re-educate audiences and repair the dance to its rightful place as a sensual expression of life - not a lascivious cabaret act.

The book is well written and informative on the subject.

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