Uyghur dance: Dolan meshripi (CCTV dance competition)
The Dolan people are grouped part of the Chinese Minority group known as Uyghurs. This piece is a part of a meshrep dance, performed at a CCTV dance competition. The meshrep is actually a longer, elaborate community gathering which displays music, dance, poetry, and conversation. The traditional Meshrep also falls under UNESCO’s Intangible World Heritage in Need of Safeguarding.
Found among the Uygur people concentrated largely in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Meshrep constitutes the most important cultural carrier of Uygur traditions. A complete Meshrep event includes a rich collection of traditions and performance arts, such as music, dance, drama, folk arts, acrobatics, oral literature, foodways and games. Uygur muqam is the most comprehensive art form included in the event, integrating song, dance and entertainment. Meshrep functions both as a ‘court’, where the host mediates conflicts and ensures the preservation of moral standards, and as a ‘classroom’, where people can learn about their traditional customs. Meshrep is mainly transmitted and inherited by hosts who understand its customs and cultural connotations, by the virtuoso performers who participate, and by all the Uygur people who attend. However, there are numerous factors endangering its viability, such as social changes resulting from urbanization and industrialization, the influence of national and foreign cultures, and the migration of young Uygur to cities for work. Frequency of occurrence and the number of participants are progressively diminishing, while the number of transmitters who understand the traditional rules and rich content of the event has sharply decreased from hundreds to tens.
Kassite pink chalcedony cylinder seal, Circa 14th Century BC
Carved with a standing king on the right with his hand raised, a recumbent human-headed bull wearing a hat above, inscribed:
'Enshashar, chief administrator of Enlil, for the life of […], daily his pleasing word, may it be […]. Indaglan, son of (king) Kurigalzu, king of the world.'
The Kassites were an ancient Near Eastern people who controlled Babylonia after the fall of the Old Babylonian Empire c. 1531 BC until about 1155 BC. The gained control of Babylon after the Hittites sacked the city in 1585 BC. They were members of a small military aristocracy but were efficient rulers and not locally unpopular. Their 500-year reign laid an essential groundwork for the development of subsequent Babylonian culture.
The original homeland of the Kassites is not well known, but appears to have been located in the Zagros Mountains in Lorestan in what is now modern Iran.
Anonymous asked: I am am not asking this to be inappropriate or anything I'm really not. I have a paper to do for human psychology and culture. I was wondering if you know what era the first known erotica or erotic like materials(story's or paintings/drawing) was? Please and thank you. Sorry I'm not very good at wording questions
I don’t mind sincere scholarly questions about erotic materials. There’s a vast difference between this and the questions I have deleted previously, so there’s no need to be concerned about that.
However, your question does have a few problems:
I cannot directly give you an answer to a homework assignment, essay or otherwise.
Even if I could, in this case, basic research should tell you that erotic works date back to most ancient civilizations. Sex is, in art/culture/story a primary motivator/theme/subject.
This isn’t a question specific to A.) Asia or B.) more importantly, a specific culture in Asia. The earliest works of erotic art in India would likely be different than erotic art in say, Korea. Or Mongolia. If you want to know what the earliest found and dated work was, I’m sure you could google or research it quite easily! There’s an entire wikipedia page of the History of Erotic Depictions. When the answers are so easy to find, I wonder why you would ask me, instead of going straight to the source! If you’d asked “Do you know where I might find collections of Shunga works?” (which is too late for “first known” anything) then I might have suggested some databases or museums, but really, I’m confident you can find the answer for this one.
You will be blocked and your questions deleted if you send me inappropriate (sexual or otherwise) or racist messages. I am not here for those kinds of questions. They do not deserve my attention, nor do they deserve anyone else’s. In case you didn’t already know, do not send me these kinds of questions. I will block you.
Famed Kabuki actor, Tamasaburo Bando, in Wisteria Maiden.
Listed as a piece of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on UNESCO, Kabuki is a traditional theater form of Japan. Kabuki originated in the Edo period, originally as a woman’s dance and theater performance. In 1629, Women’s Kabuki was banned for its erotic content, and Kabuki switched to all-male performers.
As a theater performance which includes dance, it’s worth noting:
Kabuki is a repertory theatre. That is to say, most of the repertoire of plays and dances are quite regularly performed, and so most works are already known to the majority of actors. For this reason, in traditional Kabuki there is no such person as a director. Instead, that function is sometimes fulfilled by the leading actor who will determine which version of the play is being performed according to his family’s performing conventions, (called kata). However, even this will not normally affect most subsidiary actors much since they will already know their roles. From early youth, an actor’s training includes practical experience and he is expected to learn a vast number of plays and dances. By the time he is a mature performer he should need nothing more than a refresher to jog his memory.
For this same reason there is very little rehearsal time required… or available! A Kabuki run at any theatre usually begins in the first few days of the month and lasts until just a few days before the end of that month. The actors must begin to prepare for the following month’s roles during the month in which they are playing other parts.
Naturally, brand new works or revivals are exceptions as they require more preparation.
travelwedo asked: What is your profession/educational background? All your answers seem to have huge academic reference lists, which is clearly beyond a quick, or even a not-so-quick internet search. Or is this just a serious hobby?
I have a degree of some kind, and I work in a college Disability Services Office making accessible textbooks for students with disabilities. I’m disabled as well and I’m very committed to making education accessible for everyone. I don’t make any money from this blog, and since I’m an American working in education, I make next to nothing, of course. I do accept donations. I’m continuing my own education, as well.
I’m also an anti-racism activist and disability advocate, especially for students. This blog is kind of my “baby”, and I think of it as “academic activism”, in line with the rest of my work. My favorite part is the degree to which people get involved, and how much it means to so many people who’ve been told they have no history, or have gotten racially harassed at Renaissance Faires.
So in short, I have an academic background but this is something I do of my own volition because I love to do it.
As a regular Rennie and a WoC, this means a lot to me. I ran a similar online space years back but it proved to be too much of a load with all the others things I went through at the time.
Just know that you are appreciated. :)
You are one of my many heroes. Thank you. Every researcher and activist is building on the hard work and dedication of those who came before, so please know that I am in your debt.