Dance in the Early Church : sources and restrictions

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Laura Hellsten
Publisher: Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History
Place: Åbo
Publication year: 2016
Journal: Approaching Religion
Volume number: 6
Issue number: 2
Start page: 55
End page: 66
eISSN: 1799-3121


Understanding the role of dance in the Western Christian tradition is an underexplored territory. Sources of historical investigations are few and many of them are problematic. In this article commonly used sources are questioned and a re-examination of earlier research is begun. Focusing on the Early Church in dialogue with writing from the patristic period, a new interpretation is done around the theme of dance prohib-ition. The important contributions of Donatella Tronca as well as Graham Pont and Alessandro Alcangeli to the understanding of dance in the Early Church period are expanded by means of a more extensive theological framework. This article also aims at bringing a broader philosophical and societal understanding of the worldview and social imaginary of the Early Church period to bear on earlier research studies.


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