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An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165603

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.001.0001

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Public Dancers

Public Dancers

Chapter 19 Public Dancers
An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Edward William Lane

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter looks at the Ghazawee, the tribe from where the most dancing girls come. The Ghazawee would marry among themselves, were Muslim, were found in almost every large town in Egypt, and some owned property, slaves, and animals. They performed accompanied by musicians in the street, for private gatherings of either men or women and at festivals. Their dress depended on the nature of the performance, but they would perform unveiled and wear kohl and henna. This chapter also points to a history of dancing girls that stretches back to Pharaohs, and also covers male dancers who dress as women.

Keywords:   Dancing girls, Dancers, Musicians, Dress, Performance, Festivals

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