Tribal Belly dance: dances of Afghanistan
Wedding dance of the Durani in Afghanistan.
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Since the terror of the taliban on the population, true Afghan culture in all it's forms is surpressed and eradicated. Nevertheless Afghanistan was once one of the mayor sources of tribal costuming and jewellery, the outfit is in strong contrast with the so called "cabaret style" of costuming. For example, Afghan Kuthchi jewellery is very popular among Tribal troupes. The word "Kutchi" comes from Persian and means "they who wander around" or nomads. They were feared cameldrivers and traders, as they had often to defend themselves against local bandits. Gujarat
Festivities included dancing and playing music. Elaborate eating precedes a Doerani wedding festival. Weddings remained important occasions. The marriages are traditionally arranged as is the custom of the region. Public dancing has always been a part of Afghan weddings until the 80's. Flutes and drums or richak and zerberah invite every passenger to the wedding - as long as it is somebody of the Durani tribe. Durani weddings are expensive occassions and take up several days. The musicians are men and the dancers female. The dancers wear large silver bracelets about 12 cm long and colorful dresses but always with the red colour present. It's different than the attan, the Afghan national dance.
Another Afghani tribe are the Turkomans with their beautiful hand jewellery and headpieces. Turkoman dances are accompanied by female musicians.