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By Sonia Faleiro

Sonia Faleiro used to be a reporter looking for a narrative while she met Leela, a stunning and charismatic bar dancer with a narrative to tell.

Leela brought Sonia to the underworld of Bombay’s dance bars: an international of glamorous girls, of fierce love, intercourse and violence, of shoppers and gangsters, of police, prostitutes and pimps.

When an bold flesh presser cashed in on a tide of fake morality and had Bombay’s dance bars burnt up, Leela’s proud independence confronted its maximum try out. In a urban the place virtually everyone seems to be sure that somebody, someplace, is worse off than them, she fights to outlive, and to win.

Beautiful factor, the most unique works of non-fiction from India in years, is a brilliant and intimate portrait of 1 reporter’s trip into the darkish, pulsating and finally broken soul of Bombay.

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For Las Casas, dance was a palpable threat of political resistance. His words were ironically prescient, for shortly after the fall of Tenochtitlan, surviving Indians were made to perform dances that dramatized their conquest. In church patios and town squares, indigenous performers reenacted the devastating events of the Spanish arrival in dances of conquest (las danzas de conquista) and the aforementioned moros y cristianos. In many instances these dances were part of larger religious dramas Indians were made to perform in and observe, which taught Christian morality and biblical dramas, and sometimes even involved actual baptisms of natives.

H. Barlow made an impassioned argument against the utilization of the term “Aztec,” noting that none of the first chroniclers, conquistadors, or missionaries used it, and neither did the “Aztec” identify themselves as such. The peoples of Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco in fact referred to themselves as “Mexica,” the name of the ancient tribe from which they descended. ”⁴⁰ Adding to this list of referents, there is also the term “Nahua,” which broadly refers to speakers of Nahuatl, the lingua franca of the Aztec empire.

They have no ceremonies of lights, nor of weeping. In some other places they practice a most barbarous and inhuman kind of internment. This is when a sick or infirm person is almost in the throes of death, his relations carry him into a great wood, and fasten one of those nets in which they sleep to two trees. They put their dying relation into it and dance around him the whole of one day. ⁶ Although this passage is relatively unremarkable in terms of information about dance, it exemplifies the impulse to link savagery, dance, and death in early reports about the Indians.

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