Thursday, March 11, 2010
Dance is Magic
(Driftwood on our beach this past weekend.)
Megan from Limitless Living sent me this fabulous quote from the man who was Joseph Cambell's main inspiration in his years as a developing mythologist. That seems full circle to me, considering the first post on this blog was about how inspired I have been by Campbell, whose wife was a pioneer in modern dance, by the way.
Zimmer was one of the first Westerners to really dive into and write about the mythology, ritual, and philosophies of the East, India in particular.
"Dancing is an ancient form of magic. The dancer becomes amplified into being endowed with supernatural powers. His/her personality is transformed... dance induces trance, ecstasy, the experience of the divine, the realization of one's own secret nature, and, finally, emergence into the divine essence... The dance is an act of creation. It brings about a new situation and summons into the dancer a new and higher personality. It has a cosmogonic function, in that it arouses dormant energies which then may shape the world."
-Heinrich Zimmer, Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization
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