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ritual dance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ritual dance a dance that is part of a religious ritual
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Usage

In literature:

There are dances for social and for ritual occasions.
"The Black Experience in America" by Norman Coombs
After a time a certain ritual dance (for rain) would become stereotyped and generally adopted.
"Pagan & Christian Creeds" by Edward Carpenter
They lead a sort of ritual dance, that most of us have agreed to take seriously.
"The Rescue" by Joseph Conrad
All alike made him the center of their elaborate rituals and dances.
"The Red Man's Continent" by Ellsworth Huntington
Dance, ritual, 246, 268, 286.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch
The early Jew danced ritually and socially.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
To Terran eyes the duel had some of the weaving, sweeping movements of the earlier ritual dance.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
We look for temples to heathen idols; we find dancing-places and ritual dances.
"Ancient Art and Ritual" by Jane Ellen Harrison
Certain historians also tell us that they had dancing in their ritual of the seasons.
"The Dance (by An Antiquary)" by Anonymous
Over six thousand years ago Egypt made use of the dance in its religious ritual.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
But apparently he did not become fully fledged until he had danced a ritual measure.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Among the Barundi of East Africa the birth of twins is celebrated with rites, songs, and ritual dances, which last for days and even for weeks.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
It is a seated dance, an orchestrated ritual, as deliberate, paced, and formal as the elevation of the host in a Catholic Mass.
"Zen Culture" by Thomas Hoover
It also throws some light on the relation of the natoas to the beaver and the sun dance rituals.
"The Sun Dance of the Blackfoot Indians" by Clark Wissler
The Sacred Tree, the central object of the Sun Dance, the most momentous religious ritual of the Dakota nation, was a cottonwood.
"Prairie Smoke (Second Edition, Revised)" by Melvin Randolph Gilmore
It may be the boy's medicine dance, part of the ritual which will keep harm away from him.
"Boy Scouts in Glacier Park" by Walter Prichard Eaton
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In poetry:

The song is gone; the dance
is secret with the dancers in the earth,
the ritual useless, and the tribal story
lost in an alien tale.
"Bora Ring" by Judith Wright
As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.
"The Panther" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

The rain dance is a traditional American Indian ritual and for those who believe can create a rain shower or two.
The Ritual Dance of the Prosecutors.
The spring ritual mating dances by greater prairie chickens is so unfailingly regular that tourism officials think they can sell it to eco-tourists and bird-watchers.
Gay people have no shortage of amazing rituals — wit, shopping, dancing until dawn, etc.
MEXICO CITY (AP) †Mayan priests started off ceremonies aimed at marking the end of the current era in the Mayan long-count calendar Thursday, with dancing, incense and rituals designed to thank the gods.
MEXICO CITY — Mayan priests started off ceremonies aimed at marking the end of the current era in the Mayan long-count calendar Thursday, with dancing, incense and rituals designed to thank the gods.
MEXICO CITY—Mayan priests started off ceremonies aimed at marking the end of the current era in the Mayan long-count calendar Thursday, with dancing, incense and rituals designed to thank the gods.
M ayan priests started off ceremonies aimed at marking the end of the current era in the Mayan long-count calendar Thursday, with dancing, incense and rituals designed to thank the gods.
As Beliebers everywhere continue to celebrate the break-up of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber with ritual dances to their various gods, news is trickling out about their first ever split over another girl.
Great Falls Voyagers mascot, Orbit, Performs his nightly ritual of dancing on top of the dugout to "Cotton Eyed Joe".
Rebooting the Mating Ritual Anthropologists often study the habits of primitive tribes, including their mating rituals, dances, tattoos, dining practices and such.
All over the world, cultures have created rituals of ecstatic communal dancing.
Try to stump her with diverse or obscure topics — dating rituals or belly dancing, for instance — and she'll match you with a little-known or bizarre fact.
A greater sage grouse fans its tail feathers as part of a ritual mating dance durng a spring snowstorm in southern Idaho.
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In science:

The chief of the tribe believes he can influence the outcome of the test if he dance and all the time he eagerly performs this ritual.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
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