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Is the modern Albanian dance "Dance of the swords" descended from the "Pyrrhic dance"

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Post  ZEUS10 on Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:34 pm

There were various dances in early times, which served as a preparation for war. Of such dances the most celebrated was the Pyrrhic (ἡ Πυῤῥίχη). The invention of this dance is placed in the mythical age, and is usually assigned to Pyrrhicos, refer it to Pyrrhus or Neoptolemus, the son of Achilles.
Strabo, Geography 20. 3. 8
The war-dance was a soldiers' dance; and this is plainly indicated both by the 'Pyrrhic dance,' and by 'Pyrrhikhos,' [one of the Kouretes] who is said to be the founder of this kind of training for young men, as also by the treatises on military affairs.

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Post  Leka on Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:27 am

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Post  Socio on Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:46 am

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F. C. H. L POUQUEVILLE 'Travels through the Morea, Albania, and several other parts of the Ottoman Empire to Constantinople', page 55/56, published in 1806 - London

There is also a dance of men armed with daggers, which is characterised by violent jumps and thrusts: it is called the Pyrrhic dance, and doubtless owes it origin to the celebrated king of Epirus. On seeing this dance performed, I conceived myself transported to ancient Sparta, and at length I became quite alarmed; for such were the impetuosity and rage of the actors, that I fully expected a bloody scene would terminate their sport.

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I shall conclude these observations upon the dances of the Greeks, with noticing one which the Albanians define by the name of the " dance of thieves". It was often performed before the pacha by his soldiers; and as it is characteristic of their profession, I shall describe it. A large hall in the seraglio is illumined with candles of yellow wax; the sepulchral light of which, casts a pale and disagreeable reflection upon the spectators.In this hall the pacha sits gravely at the corner of a sofa, having a poniard and a brace of pistols in his girdle, and a carbine by his side; while his body-guard, dressed in course cloaks, stand about him in a mournful attitude.

The Corypheans, with one arm passed round each other's neck, and one hand in each other's belt, form a circle, and move at regular paces; which increase to the most rapid motion; at which period they make a savage yelling to the sound of barbarous music. It sometimes happens, that to augment the interest of the dance, the actors Introduce the Pyrrhic ceremony just mentioned; after which they pretend to go in search of the thieves, give chace to them, and finally bring them forward in triumph *.


* Xenophon speaks of a dance of thieves, nearly similar to that just described, which the Greeks celebrated on their return from the expedition to Persia, when they arrived on the banks of Pontui Euxinus.
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Post  ZEUS10 on Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:20 am

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