Tahia Carioca dancing with a sword
A very rare picture of Tahiya Carioca doing some dancing with a sword. Little is known about Taheya's performances with sabre.
The sword dance became very popular in the west from the sixties on. Especially in North America. Although the dance with the sword was part of Tunisian belly dance shows as well. The dance with a dagger or a sabre seems to be a heritage of the desert culture. Some accounts of western visitors to Egypt and Libya relate of a dance in which a sword took on a prominent place. One dance was executed around a sabre fixed upright in the sand. The belly dancer moves around it and at a certain moment puts her forehead against the tip while she circles around the sword. After the performance was finished, no marks on her forehead!
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