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Somali dance " Cheleoo-Cheleoo " in Mogadishu, 1885 (engraving)

Somali dance ' Cheleoo-Cheleoo ' in Mogadishu, 1885 (engraving)


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Somali dance " Cheleoo-Cheleoo " in Mogadishu, 1885 (engraving)

7073052 Somali dance " Cheleoo-Cheleoo " in Mogadishu, 1885 (engraving) by Riou, Edouard (1833-1900); Private Collection; (add.info.: Somali dance " Cheleoo-Cheleoo " in Mogadishu.Design by Riou, 1885( Tour du Monde-1s )); Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

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© ©Jaime Abecasis / Bridgeman Images

Anthropology Custom Habit Drum Folk Dance Folklore Riou Edouard 1833 1900 Somalia Arab Civilization Ethnography Music Instrument Several People


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This engraving transports us back to Mogadishu in 1885, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Somalia. The image depicts a traditional Somali dance known as "Cheleoo-Cheleoo" beautifully captured by French illustrator Edouard Riou. In this scene, we witness the vibrant energy and rhythmic movements of the dancers as they gracefully perform their folk dance. Adorned in intricate costumes that reflect their customs and traditions, these individuals showcase the essence of Somali culture through their expressive gestures. The setting is an idyllic village with huts dotting the landscape, providing an authentic backdrop for this mesmerizing spectacle. As music fills the air, musicians play traditional instruments such as drums, adding depth and rhythm to the performance. Riou's attention to detail allows us to immerse ourselves in this moment frozen in time. Each figure is meticulously rendered, capturing not only their physical appearance but also conveying a sense of pride and joy that emanates from their faces. This engraving serves as a valuable ethnographic record, shedding light on an aspect of African history often overlooked or forgotten. It reminds us of the diversity and beauty found within different cultures around the world while honoring Somalia's unique contribution to global folklore. Through Jaime Abecasis' skillful photography of this historical print, we are granted access to a visual treasure that invites contemplation and appreciation for both artistry and cultural heritage alike.

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