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  1. That belly dancing thing…

    The objection here does not seem to be the copying of Middle Eastern dances in general but rather the particular set of overtly sexualized moves bordering on simulated intercourse.

    As far as we know, that particular element got going after the Ottoman Turks took it up, or rather their rulers did. In an age where starvation was common, being morbidly obese was the height of fashion which made it rather difficult to ‘enjoy’ that harem thing. As with many elite cultural practices, they tend to percolate down the social ladder over time and spread geographically.

    So Victorian western travelers brought back exotic tales that were later used as ‘justification’ for Western imperialism. At the time London had several hundred thousand child prostitutes but the mere existence of a hip-wiggly dance in Turkey becomes ‘justification’ for the British occupation of Egypt.

    Since the Ottomans had a habit of kidnapping women from a large geographic area and in a range of skin tones, the idea that it ‘belongs’ to one group is rather silly.

    All cultural practices are ultimately inventions and most are borrowed from completely different cultures. Today the bagpipes and the tartan kilt are the cultural emblems of Scotland but the pipes come from Turkey, the kilt was invented by an Englishman and most of the clan tartans invented by a pair of Polish con men selling fake Scots pedigrees to English infiltrators. Hawaiian shirts, furniture and food was invented in Los Angeles by a restaurateur who hadn’t been to Hawaii at that point but was friends with a lot of early Hollywood stars. What passes for Tantric sex in the West is essentially a Californian invention.

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