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Dancing is an ancient form of magic. The dancer becomes amplified into a being endowed with supra-normal powers. His/her personality is transformed. Like yoga the dance induces trance, ecstasy, the experience of the divine; the realization of one’s own secret nature, and, finally, emergence into the divine essence....The dance is an act of creation. It brings about a new situation and summons into the dancer a new and higher personality. It has a cosmic function, in that it arouses dormant energies which may shape the world.
~ Heinrich Zimmer,
Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization
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