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Dance
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1. History of Religion

Dance, the rhythmic movement of the body to the accompaniment of music (G. van der Leeuw, “the oldest of the arts”), has been considered a sacred activity from the dawn of time. Spanish cave paintings of the late Paleolithic age depict hunting dances, indicating their connection with sympathetic magic (i.e., the imitation of a chase in dance is believed to ensure its success). A similar understanding is discernible in the war dances of the Greeks and Romans.

1.1. Classical Period

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Davies, J. G., “Dance”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D2>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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