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A brief history of the weapon dance

A brief history of the weapon danceDance is a part of almost every culture, and every nation has a specific way of dancing. It recounts the history and keeps the tradition of one nation. What is common to many dances around the world is a weapon dance. Regardless of the continent, you can find numerous variations of weapon dance around the world.

But why are dancing and weapons connected? Today, people mainly dance for recreational purposes or for their artistic expression. But earlier, a dance played an important role in people’s lives, especially at a time of tribal communities. It was a time of eternal struggles, fights , wars and people have developed a dance that celebrated weapons, skills and warfare. The dance was a kind of preparation and moral support for the fight.  The weapons used in these dances vary. The most common are swords and sticks, but there are those dances with guns or rifles.

Unfortunately, wars have not disappeared from human culture, but the methods are more sophisticated. Dancing with the weapons remained part of the tradition in many countries.

In Europe, there are different types of folklore and dance, and different types of weapon dance. The purpose of the dance is not necessarily only a warfare. For instance, in Macedonia and Northern Italy, dance with weapons is an integral part of the wedding ceremony. In this way, people expel evil spirits before the marriage. In Albania, it is the popular dance called Sabre, which simulates the fight for the woman.

Hence, in many countries, weapons are an indispensable part of the celebration and joy. In some Balkan countries, in Hungary, and in some Arab countries, such traditions include the use of firearms. So it is not surprising that the weapon is kept in the house as a traditional heritage. Yes, it’s great to show guests your traditions. However, for safety reasons, the weapon is best kept under lock and key. Topgunsafe offers a solution to those needs.

Weapon dance can be found in China, a country with a vast and long tradition. Shaolin fighters are perhaps most famous when weapon dance is in question. In fact, they and organize tours all around the world in which show their skills of combining martial arts and dance moves.

Arab world also has its dances, which include the use of the weapon. Let’s mention Omani traditional Al Razha dance, where the group of traditionally dressed men follows the leader in front of them and imitates its movements. For dance are used swords and sticks. The purpose of Al Razha dance was the preparation and warming for the fight.

Africa is a continent that we connect with tribes even today. The dance is part of their beliefs. We will mention Ethiopia and their fighters that, before they shoot an arrow, try to scare the opponent with the dance.

Every nation has its tradition, and some of them a unique weapon. So, Australian Aborigines use their traditional weapon in their dances – a boomerang.

When we talk about the Northern America and native Americans, most of us know that the dance was a great segment of their lives. They were dancing  in the honor of celebrations, but also in the honor of weapon and warfare.

South America, especially Brazil, often associates at the dance, starting from the big Rio carnival of the martial arts with dance movements. Capoeira is a martial art without closer physical contact between fighters, so it looks more like a dance than a fight. It was originated in  the 19 century among African’s slaves. Every form of the fight and its practicing was forbidden to them, so they find their way to practice in Capoeira.

Sometimes, Capoeria is performed with blades.

Wherever you go, you will find a great role of dance in all aspects of life. Tradition is what remained today from dances that were earlier an integral part of the fight preparations.