From Southern Greece To Northern Russia, People Have Long Believed In Female Spirits, Bringers Of Fertility, Who Spend Their Nights And Days Dancing In The Fields And Forests So Appealing Were These Spirit Maidens That They Also Took Up Residence In Nineteenth Century Romantic LiteratureArchaeologist And Linguist By Profession, Folk Dancer By Avocation, Elizabeth Wayland Barber Has Sleuthed Through Ethnographic Lore And Archaeological Reports Of East And Southeast Europe, Translating Enchanting Folktales About These Dancing Goddesses As Well As Eyewitness Accounts Of Traditional Rituals Texts That Offer New Perspectives On Dance In Agrarian Society She Then Traces These Goddesses And Their Dances Back Through The Romans And Greeks To The First Farmers Of Europe Along The Way, She Locates The Origins Of Many Customs, Including Coloring Easter Eggs And Throwing Rice At The Bride The Result Is A Detective Story Like No Other And A Joyful Reminder Of The Human Need To Dance
Barber received her PhD university from Yale in 1968.
- 448 pages
- The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance
- Elizabeth Wayland Barber
- 14 February 2018 Elizabeth Wayland Barber