Sun Day at Abu Simbel Temple As I write this the sun is rising in Egypt, the sky is getting light, soon the rays of the sun will enter the darkness of Abu Simbel Temple, piercing the complete length of the halls, into the “Holy of the Holies” where it will illuminate the statues of […]
The Siwa Oasis & A Project Announcement The Siwa Oasis is a private, unique, and interesting place, it is also a notoriously difficult place to find. For years Mme. Farida Fahmy (female main dancer of Firqa Reda) would tell me of her experiences in this fascinating oasis in the midst of the vast Western desert, […]
These rituals and events are not limited to a specific region in Egypt (most are also pan-Middle Eastern). Often, as well, the movement is not considered dance.
Egyptian identity is closely tied to geography. Geographically there 4 regions in Egypt, however for the purpose of defining cultural groups, I have found it easier to divide Egypt into 9 regions, which reflect the view of the peoples themselves.