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Tonight the CLOWN from a White Mountain Apache Crown Dance stared into my face
May 18, 2014, 1:42 AM
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the clown“The Devil Dancers or Crown Dancers are not considered to be supernatural beings themselves, but simply posses the “special ability” of summoning these mountain spirits. They are a link between the supernatural and natural worlds and they often reflect this in a contradictory fashion. Part of their power is expressed as a “paradox of life”. In many Native American cultures, this notion of chaos and disorder is personified as the “trickster“, a destructive and simultaneously creative force. In Apache tribes, he is a boy amongst men, in some circles called Libaye, the ritual of “clowning” embodies the Apache beliefs underlying power.”

A description from this blog explains why the dancers resonated with me so much


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