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Tanoura is an Egyptian folk dance (form) performed by Sufi men, Darawish. The dance is similar to the Sufi whirling in Levant and Turkey.
There are various ways of dancing the ‘Tanoura’.The different elements of ‘Tanoura’ stand for various messages. As I’ve been told, it is a story that connects men to the divine; a dance that refers to the relationship of land and the sky, man and God.

The performers’ round skirts and swirling actually refer to the circle of life or the universe. When the tanoura dancer moves himself, he is like the sun and the dancers around him is like the planets. The dancer unties and removes four different skirts during the finale. Their various roundabouts symbolize the succession of the four seasons and their anti-clockwise movement is exactly like the movement around the “Kaaba” (the holy Shrine in Mecca). When the dancer raises his right arm up and points his left arm down, this represents the joining of earth and heaven together. When he turns himself around, it is said that he enters a trance-like state, trying to become light and go up to heaven.

In this occasion, the guy was wearing long colorful skirts (some where illuminated with led lights), where each color on the skirt represents one Sufi order.The word “tannoura” may refer to the dance, the dancer, or the large skirt used in the performance.

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