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Transcript of Afghanistan Dancing
Dance in Afghanistan
The background of Afghanistan dancing is very complex.
Afghan dance styles can be classified according to ethnicity and geography.
The Logari dance has surprise stops in the music during which the dancer(s) must freeze, holding a pose until the music suddenly jumps into action again.
It is named after the province it came from.
The Khattak dance is a swift martial art/ dance. Men carry a sword and a handkerchief.
Tribesmen from the agile tribe of Pashtun perform this dance.
The word ‘belly dance’ comes from the French term, danse du ventre.
Only women perform this dance.
The Taliban had banned public music and dancing in Afghanistan.
The Talibs are gone but people are still scared.
In spite of arrests and destruction of musical instruments, musicians continued to play their music.
Several sources describe dancers from Asia Minor and Spain using undulating (wave-like) movements and playing castanets.
History of Belly Dancing
Many Boys in Afghanistan are forced into slavery
They are forced to dance dressed in women's clothing.
They are often sexually abused.
In 1996 the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
The Taliban are gone now but people are stll scared.
Taliban Take Over
Attan is cosidered the national afghan dance with roots that are said to be of Greek origin.
Both genders can participate in this dance but not together.
99% of Afghans are Muslim.
Strict Muslims frown upon men and woman dancing together.