The Caste-ist History of Temple Dance

Some dance-in-community language protocols we continue to develop in community when sharing AbunDance – a meditative song + dance initiative #communityAbunDance

acknowledging and exploring the components that go into complex legacies of oppression that might be embedded in our bodies through dance and song and figuring out ways to hold the complexity and apply it toward liberatory practices in ways that seek to reduce harmful appropriation

casteist influence on Buddhism over centuries and US interference wrt Tibetan liberation (many people in US not from heritage Buddhist homes borrow heavily from Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practices) –

we acknowledge the complex history of colonialism (both European and Hindu) in shaping what we know as temple dance (formal courtesanry in temple) as economic sanction on lives of temple dancers (often girls from low caste / out-of-caste families) to cut into their economic autonomy; we acknowledge the more recent (continued and violent) history that allowed temple dance to be acceptable for upper caste people (like myself) to perform.

#danceexperiments searching ways to bring out discussion and reduce harm though there’s always that risk mistakes will be made #ommanipadmehum #pali #beautifulharmonizing #t3mpl3dance #notslowmo #realtime #timebender #meditativedancesong

#decolonizedance #debrahmanizedance

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