The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance
Elizabeth Wayland Barber (Author)
W. W. Norton & Company
February 11, 2013
7.0 X 1.3 X 9.5 inches | 1.9 pounds
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About the Author
Elizabeth Wayland Barber is the author of Women's Work, The Dancing Goddesses, and The Mummies of Ürümchi. Professor emerita of archaeology and linguistics at Occidental College, she lives in California.
Rich with anecdotes and compelling explanations of the origin of many modern customs (such as throwing rice at a bride), Barber's is an informative and amusing read, often bringing together many diverse sources--traditional stories, illustrations of artifacts, and aspects of popular culture--into an illuminating whole that will serve as a nice introduction for those unfamiliar with the topic, and a valuable reference for scholars of European dance and folklore.