Belly Dance: The Dance of Mother Earth
Tina Hobin

This fascinating account takes the evolution of belly dance as a representation of the rites of passage from Ancient Egypt to modern times, focusing on different forms of belly dancing and its place at the core of fertility rites in Middle Eastern societies. Myths, including those of Isis and Osiris, and the role of the Shaman or Witch Doctor in African tribes, are explained. This is the first complete history of the ancient and mystical dance from an acknowledged expert on the subject, exploring how the music and motion of the belly dance featured in the rise and fall of entire empires.

Tina Hobin is a pioneer of Middle Eastern dance in the UK, with over 20 years experience and has become one of belly dancing's greatest exponents. Acknowledged as the authority on the subject through performing, writing and teaching, and for combining the dance's considerable health benefits, she is also well known for her numerous TV and radio experiences. her previous books include Belly Dancing for Health and Relaxation.

Price: 8.99 $18.95
Format: Paperback, 262 pp
Illustrated with 25 black and white photographs
ISBN: 0-7145-3091-3
Dance, Music, Cultural Studies, Women's Issues
Publication date: September 2003