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gymnopedia, gymnopaedia

a religious choral dance performed at ancient Greek festivals by naked youths. — gymnopedic, gymnopaedic, adj.
See also: Nakedness
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There were ecstatic rituals associated with Apollo's cults, notably the assembly of naked ephebes of the Gymnopaidiai in Sparta (a Dorian city), where singing and dancing were a part of endurance tests in their rites of passage.
A major Spartan festival was the Gymnopaidiai (from [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [`naked'] and [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [`play']; hence perhaps the Chorus's request to `play' with the Nightingale, even though the festival in question was for males alone.(96) That the Nightingale was naked is clear both from the Epops' injunction to [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (`reveal') herself (666), and from Peisthetaerus' remark (668) at how soft she is.