From the recording Ancient Egyptian Magic

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Dance of the Priestesses

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As the Egyptologist Carolyn Graves-Brown writes:

"The role of women in religion was often to provide music and dance for religious ceremonies. Not only priestesses, but also women in general were associated with music. Wives, daughters, and mothers are frequently shown shaking sistra for the deceased in the Eighteenth Dynasty. The heavy smell of incense, the rhythm of the menit-necklace and the sistra, the chanting of the female priestess musicians in the semi-gloom of the Egyptian temple are sensual experiences which we can only imagine today."

This piece attempts to evoke the sort of transcendental, shamanic dance of an ancient Egyptian priestesses - featuring my lyre theme set against exotic, almost hypnotic, intricately textured Egyptian rhythms...