Egyptiandance paintings are seen on the walls of tombs, temples, and archiveswith dancers raising their hands above their heads. The big questionasked by most people is how the Egyptian culture and dance paintingsfrom ancient times have remained relevant today and theirpreservation increased. Some believe that they were made of durablematerials and the culture was organized (Gardneret al., 27).This sends a clear image to historians that the Egyptian dance waspart of their life. It played an important role in their culture.Egyptians in the ancient Egypt enjoyed life to the fullest and therewas no single celebration that passed without music and dance. Everyoccasion such as rituals, funerals, feasts and religious servicecomprised of different dancing styles. Dancers performed using drums,cymbals, flutes and clappers among others. The paintings of thedifferent types of dances are drawn mostly in tombs and they mean alot to the Egyptian culture (Gardneret al., 32).
Oneof the cultures that had a great influence on the society is theEgypt songs and dances. The steps and body movements were used indifferent occasions. For instance, the dances in rituals differ fromthose of military occasions. The rhythmic dance inspired andencouraged people to work with motion of songs (Gardner et al., 37).It was so exciting that it even imprinted the hearts of passerby. Thedancers were in groups but genders were not allowed to dancetogether. The rule was that one gender would dance at a time. Thepaintings different dancing styles and occasions show same sexdancing with no evidence of genders dancing together. The dancerscould also dance with their own styles but at a certain point theycould work together in an organized way.
Somepeople learn from the pictorial drawings on the walls of temples andtombs about the culture of the Egyptians. These drawing have a lotof information about the Egyptian way of life. It is considered aculture deeply rooted in religion and some believe that they were inhonor to the gods or any other purpose (Gardner et al., 40). Viewingthe paintings, it is hard to tell what the movements meant and whatthey were. The pre-Dynastic periods in Egypt shows that the danceswere used to describe a religious life. The significance of dance andmusic in the Ancient Egypt is evidenced by the number of musicalinstruments preserved in archives and museums across the globe.
Majorityof the cultures who nowadays practice dancing have dancing costumes.Contrarily, the Egyptian dancers wore clothes that cannot even becategorized as costumes. As shown in the work of art, they wouldfreely move their arms and legs without being trapped by what theywere wearing. The skirts were tunic and at times only tied a ribbonon their waist when dancing went nude (Gardner et al., 47). Themodern culture conflicts with the clothes worn by the Egyptiandancers. They consider them erotic and sensual. The Egyptians did notsee their naked in the perspective that the modern culture see. Theart drawings shows women with robes and belts made of beads andshells because they helped them move their bodies freely (Gardner etal., 63). Historians argue that dancing was a way of mourning andpraising the gods. Different dancing styles are evidenced with somedancers shown performing at funerals while others associated withacrobatic and gymnasium moves. Funeral dances were used to honor thegoddess whom they believed would welcome the dead to the underworld.
Gardner,Helen, and Fred S. Kleiner. Gardner`sArt Through the Ages: The Western Perspective. Boston, Mass.: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010. Print.