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Here is some info on castanets and how they originated Wikapedia

It is said that Spanish Gypsies, who are traditionally associated with the spread of eastern dance, did not originally use castanets, moving with "easy, undulating 'filigranos' (soft movements of the arms and hands), reflecting his eastern ethnic heritage. The early gypsies felt no need for devices beyond their own innate, rhythmic hand clapping (palmadas), finger snapping (pitos), clicking of the tongue, and often tapping of a stick (b culo). These sounds were further embellished by the shouts (gritos) and expressions of animation that conjured the magic (duende) of the moment." However, even though gypsies have taken up the use of castanets, many still play them in the primitive manner, on the middle finger instead of the thumb. Thus, references to "metal castanets" are more logical than it might appear at first; and they leave serious confusion as to exactly what these instruments were and how they were played. Modern finger cymbals are played with a cymbal on each middle finger and thumb, as in fig. 8.

5. Oriental dance is uniquely designed for the female body, with an emphasis on abdominal muscles, hip moves, and chest moves. It is firm and earthy, with bare feet connected to the ground. It is a dance characterized by smooth, flowing, complex, and sensual movements of the torso, alternated with shaking and shimmy type moves. Eastern dances are considered to be different because they are "muscle dances", as opposed to the European "step" dances. In traditional belly dancing the knee is never lifted higher than the hip, (not including ancient "phyrric" or leaping dances which were also considered fertility dances). Level changes do allow for dancing while sitting on the floor.

The first century Roman writer Martial and his contemporary Isidore of Seville mention a dancer performing moves characteristic of eastern dance, and using a rhythmic instrument. Martial refers to the skill of the women of Gades (Cadiz) in Baetica (Andaluc!a) in his lines on Telethusa, who was so bewitching that the man who acquired her as a slave bought her back as a wife. He had seen her in the marketplace "performing wanton gestures to the accompaniment of Baetic castanets, which she had been taught to play in the manner of the Gaditanian women." These dancers of Cadiz are thought by Esther Van Loo to be Phoenician or Cretan in origin. This is a reasonable assumption because there were Phoenician traders in Spain as early as the eleventh century B.C., and Cadiz, one of the oldest towns in Europe, was founded by the Phoenicians. Loo further concludes that castanets themselves were first known to Spain in connection with a Syrian fertility rite in honor of Isis or Cybele. Other scholars have concurred with this idea.

In Virgil's "Copa", the tavern hostess dances in front of her inn to lure a passerby: "A Syrian tavern-hostess, her head tied in a Greek scarf, trained in moving her quivering sides to the Crotalum, springs gaily drunken from her smoky inn shaking her rattling reeds against her elbow...". Whatever type of rhythm instrument she is playing, be it a pair of clappers or metal or wooden castanet, her dance sounds distinctively like a belly dance.

If we follow this idea back to its roots, it is easy to see how the sensual dances which originated with Greek mystery rites and comedy dances, where the dancer might have also played a type of cymbal or clapper, travelled to Spain where it became what is today Flamenco, and that another form of this dance developed throughout the Middle and Near East as what we call belly dance. Both types of dance are also associated with the Gypsies, who came out of India, through Persia, and spread by the Middle Ages throughout Europe.
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Metal Finger Cymbals Clapper Castanets, Belly Dancer , Belly Dancing, Musical Chimes, Dancers beautiful sounds lovely tone

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