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Bellydance poster: la danse des oulads naïl

The Ghawazee being distinguished, in general, by a cast if countenance differing, though slightly, from the rest of the Egyptians, we can hardly doubt that they are, as themselves assert, a distinct race. Their origing, however, is involved in much uncertainty.

They call themselves "Barámikeh" or "Barmekees" and boast that they are descended from the famous family of that name who were the object of the favour, adn afterwards of the capricious tyranny, of Haroon Er-Rasheed, and of whom we read in several of the tales of "The Thousand and One Nights".

But, as a friend of mine laterly observed to me, they probably have no more right to call themselves "Barámikeh" than because they reslemble that family in liberality, though it is liberality of a different kind.

In many of the tombs of the ancient Egyptians we find representations of females dancing at private entertainments, to the sounds of various instruments, in a manner similar to the modern Ghawazee, but even more liecntious; one or more of these performaers being generally depicted in a stat of perfect nudity, though in the presence of men and women of high stations.

This mode of dancing we find, from the monuments here alluded to, most of which bear the names of kings, which prove their age, to have been common in Egytp in very remote times.

page 386 from: "The Modern Egyptians" E.W.Lane 1836
dancing ghawazee
Poster "danse du ventre"
photographic paper 18,5x28,5 cm

Hand coloured photo
Euro 15.00