| Of all the poetic conceits contained in Arabic folklore and verse, there was no higher compliment of beauty that you could pay someone
(male, but especially female) than to compare them to the moon at full.
The poet who wrote the "Aladdin" story wanted to convey that his princess was STAGGERINGLY beautiful.
So he named her:
| "There stood before him the...damsels, each and every saying to the Full Moon, 'Rise, that I may seat myself in Thy stead!'"
The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night
(translated by Sir Richard F. Burton)
|Lovely vintage Turkish postcards, courtesy of Yasmina at "Joy of Belly Dancing."|
|Questions? Email us for further details.|
| The Society for Creative Anachronism
A Medieval and Renaissance reenactment group, now in its 34th year.
(The local SCA chapter, the Barony of Settmour Swamp, meets the third Monday of every month.
You can also join the SCA Middle Eastern Culture discussion list on Yahoo!
|The Pillaged Village Online Catalog
If you need dance-supplies in a big fat hurry, and have no local source, this catalogue features a wonderfully affordable Middle Eastern section. (The company is Ohio-based, but they ship VERY quickly.)
|Shira's Bellydance Webpage
Fat Chance Belly Dance
The West-Coast troupe who ignited the Americal Tribal Fusion craze.
"Whole Life Resources" by Carrie Konhya
|From the Peoples of the World:|
|(If your language is not represented here, please email us.)
Another multilingual "Prayer for Peace" here.
|Mendhi (Henna) body-art from
Aziza Sa'id's wonderful bellydance site.
|This site is a member of WebRing.
To browse visit Here.