The Moroccan Moussem de Tan Tan: and a tale of warriors on Peace and Prosperity Square

It's on Peace and Prosperity Square that I watch them -- the Saudi dancers.  Because the Moussem de Tan Tan is not just for Moroccans; nomads, Bedouins and distinguished guests from countries north, south and far afield have been invited. 

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The dancers move with precision and unerring discipline. They stamp their feet in perfect unison. There’s a  bang on the drum... 

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and a flash of color.

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Their voices rise in a kind of symmetrical chant. 

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Then they hold their sabers upright. 

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One dancer adjusts his saber so it can be just so. 

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But no one goes astray.   No one.  

                                  It's all strangely hynotic.

    What is this dance, I ask. 

     It’s the Dance of Warriors, I’m told.

     Oh, I say, nodding my head.  

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There are no women in this Saudi dance of warriors.    

And so the men dance their dance of warriors.  Dancing and dancing...

                                                                         on Peace and Prosperity Square.


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