Hebrew Belly Dancer

Hebrew Bellydancer

While we’re on the theme of women dancing, enjoy this doodle of a Hebrew belly dancer from ancient Israel. We tend to imagine the biblical Israelites as a pious rather than sensual people, in large part as a result of modern Christian ideals of sexual inhibition and chastity. However, given that ancient Hebrew culture comes from the same Semitic, Middle Eastern cultural background as the Islamic Arabs, I would not be surprised at all if Israelite girls had the same penchant for belly dancing as their Arab sisters. And unless they happened to be all asexual (or gay), even biblical heroes like Abraham, Moses, or even Jesus could not have minded the sight of scantily clad dancing girls every now and then. XD

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