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History of the La Raspa Folk Dance

History of the La Raspa Folk Dance

La Raspa is a folk dance from eastern Mexico. This dance is often incorrectly called the Mexican Hat Dance or Jarabe Tapatio. According to Mark Pedelty. author of “Musical Ritual in Mexico City,” both of the latter titles actually belong to a dance from Jalisco, which includes complicated and flirtatious …

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Characteristics of Chinese Folk Dance

Characteristics of Chinese Folk Dance

Historically, Chinese folk dances were ritual performances based around superstitious beliefs. Chinese hunter-gatherers believed performing a ritual dance would persuade the gods to allow a good harvest or a good hunt. Today, Chinese folk dances are a highly elaborate and sophisticated means of ethnic expression used to celebrate official ceremonies. …

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