zprávy z Mongolska

The Inner Mongolian Dance, Andai, as Dance Therapy

Catherine Kmita, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology Department, University of Alberta

Thursday, March 18, 2010, 5PM NUM, Building No.5, Lecture Hall 407.

Mongolian shamanism deals to a great extent with healing and the fixing of community ills or personal wrongs as well as the relationship of humankind to the natural world and its spirits. Drumming, playing the aman khuur, singing, and dancing may be part of a ritual or a healing session. The Inner Mongolian dance, andai, is a dance derived from shamanism, which began as a method of treating a "heavy disease" among young women. Dance therapy consists of fairly recent western therapies which use dance and movement for healing purposes. Dance therapy also incorporates recent scientific knowledge about the brain and its role in healing, which may have some usefulness in describing what happens in andai. Some approaches to dance therapy also look at the spiritual aspects of dance and healing and this is another area where it and Mongolian shamanic dance may intersect. In this paper, I will examine the dance andai in terms of its connection to dance therapy to discover what properties may contribute to its effectiveness in healing.


Catherine Kmita is an ACMS Research Fellow and doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Alberta. Her Master's research combined Dance, Anthropology, and Asian Studies, to explore the Inner Mongolian dance, andai, through the lens of shamanic dance. Now she is looking at therapeutic aspects of shamanic dance in Buryatia, Mongolia, and Inner Mongolia by focusing on political interactions, the dance community, religious practices, and medical practices

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