In the paper Elements of Dance from Pre-17th Century Mediterranean and Near East Regions, one source quoted discusses the Gaditanae - the dancing girls of Cadiz - and their use of zil-like instruments, or bronze castanets. Without claiming that these instruments are exactly the same as zils played by modern belly dancers, we know that castanets are … Continue reading Kymbala and Krotala and Zils…oh my!
There is a Big Bang Theory episode where Sheldon sees Penny naked when helping her after she has fallen in the shower. Sheldon asks why she has the Chinese character for "soup" tattooed on her buttock. Penny says that it isn't "soup," it's "courage." Sheldon replies that it takes a lot of courage to show … Continue reading Spartan Soup Tattoos and How to Avoid Them
I read a statement that a chiton was a "fake" chiton because the sleeves had been sewn rather than pinned. The common interpretation of an "Ionian chiton" does seem to be that the tops of the large rectangles have been joined intermittently by "buttons" (though these are never actually acting LIKE buttons, but are rather sewn … Continue reading Myth: chitons had (only) pinned sleeves