The purpose of one dance in particular, the Myal medicine dance
, was unification, i.e.
We see innovation in ancient India, be it in the architectural monuments, literature, traditional knowledge, medicine dance
, astronomy etc.
The Storm with its beguiling, agile, melodic curves, the darker-shaded Moonbeam Monkey with a lyric that sounds as if it's been plotted by Tim Burton and an arrangement plucked from some Native American medicine dance
, and the closing brooding The Shadow are testament to that.
Hidden in the appended Comanche tribal summary is a reference to the Deer Dance (ibid., 229), a diffused medicine dance
employing the mescal bean that Curtis discusses with great interest in his section on Wichita ceremony (ibid., 64-72).
Terry Riley's Good Medicine Dance
from Salome Dances for Peace, folky patterns over repetitious elements evoking unwitting memories of the greatness of medieval isorhythmic composers; and George Crumb's Black A ngels, "an electric string quartet" which certainly fascinates in its recondite sound-explorations, tuned wine-glasses, ritualistic chanting of numbers and all.