This big, deep book dives into the supernatural dimensions behind much European folk dance, with much on Central and Eastern Europe; it is a treasure if you are drawn to folk belief and sacred dance. From the publisher: 'agrarian communities have long believed in "dancing goddesses," mystical female spirits who spend their nights and days dancing in the fields and forests. ...  Barber follows the trail of these spirit maidens-long associated with fertility, marriage customs, and domestic pursuits-from their early appearance in traditional folktales and harvest rituals.' We personally recommend this book to Wiccan covenleaders, dancers, and traditional witches, as it has so much to say on magical movement.  Rich in diagrammes, maps, illustrations throughout. 


New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2013. Paperback, 448 pages. New.

Dancing Goddesses - Elizabeth Barber