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  1. sword dance, sword dancingnoun

    any of various dances by men who step nimbly over swords or flourish them in the air


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    Sword dance is a traditional dance performance which incorporates the use of one or more swords. It is found in many cultures around the world and is often associated with ceremonial or martial traditions. The dance can include either simulated combat or intricate patterns and choreography, using the swords as props. The specific characters, movements, and narratives of sword dances can vary widely based on regional or cultural context.


  1. Sword dance

    Sword dances are recorded throughout world history. There are various traditions of solo and mock-battle sword dances from China, England, Greece, India, Japan, Korea, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Scotland. Sword-dance forms have remained quite popular in Kathiawar region in India since ancient times. The Rajput Sword Dance and the Mer Dandiya depict battle. The dances often are thrilling depictions of bravery in former battles. In other regions such as the Himalayas, popular dances, such as the Choliya from the Kumaon region of India and the khukri dances from Nepal are also prominent, while all known linked sword dances are from Europe. Female sword dancing was not widespread in the Middle East. Men in Egypt performed a dance called el ard, a martial dance involving upraised swords, but women were not widely known to use swords as props during their dancing in public. However, paintings and engravings by French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme show sword dancers balancing sabers on their heads. Sword dancing is widespread in Iran, Pakistan-India, and Turkey. Raks al sayf evolved out of sword fighting between men, in both Egypt and Turkey. There was even a time when sword dancing was banned by the sultan during Ottoman rule, as it was believed that dancers, who took swords from soldiers and pretended to "kill" them at the end of the performances, collected the swords to begin a resistance against the army. These swords were never returned. A Word on Sword Dancing by Jheri St James

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    The numerical value of sword dance in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

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    The numerical value of sword dance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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