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Kayla Walker

Graham Brown & Caroline Prohosky

Dance 461
Ancient Hebrew Culture vs. Mormon Culture
Compare dance of ancient Hebrew culture to dance in our Mormon
culture today.
The ancient Hebrews had such a great interest in and respect for
dance. For them, it was a way of life and nobody could live without it.
Although dance can be found in our Mormon culture today, it is not as
popular or necessary within religion as it was back then. Instead, our culture
today uses other forms of worship and celebration to honor different aspects
of our religion.
Although we have no evidence of this passion for dance in paintings or
murals found among the ancient Hebrew culture, we are given many
references within the bible of this need for worship and honor through dance.
For example, a circular, or ring dance, is the dance around the Golden Calf
portrayed in Exodus 32: 6, 19. The ancient Hebrews danced on every
possible occasion, both in daily life and for special occasions and
ceremonies. These dances would include ring dances, hopping dances and
whirling dances.
Within the ancient Hebrew culture, it is stated that at a religious
festival the performers danced a ring-dance to musical accompaniment
around the idol of the god who was being worshipped. In our Mormon culture
today, you probably wouldnt find people ring-dancing around the idol that

we worship, however, you could find us worshipping in other artistic ways

such as singing.
Something that the Mormon culture today has in common with that of
ancient Hebrew is the importance of the priesthood and the idea of it being a
very powerful tool and influence in our lives. In our culture, we honor the
priesthood by supporting them, asking them for blessings and helping them
to be worthy of their great gift. For those in the ancient Hebrew culture,
dance was the chief medium of religious expression, therefore, they
honored the priesthood through dance.
Dance in our Mormon culture today is used for healing, celebration,
entertainment, enjoyment and grieving. It can be used to overcome trials,
build self-confidence, strengthen happiness and stay motivated. Dance
teaches us responsibility, trust, how to work with a team and challenge our
creativity. It also allows us to make new friends, set and achieve goals as well
as learn the value of hard work. In comparison with dance in the ancient
Hebrew culture, dance in our culture today is much less about ritual,
tradition, ceremonies, worship, etc.