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Booty Shaking, Vomit Dance for Good Mojo

Posted By Kayla Carlisle On May 14, 2013 @ 8:22 pm In Customs,Folk Beliefs,Folk Dance,Game,Gestures,Kinesthetic,Protection,Rituals, festivals, holidays | Comments Disabled

Before every competition, my high school theater group would circle up, and shake all of our bad mojo/energy into the center of the circle. It usually involved some brushing off, fake vomiting, booty-shaking, etc until our jitters were out of like two minutes had passed. Then we all visualized that nasty ball of nervous energy, lifted it up as a team, and and threw it far far away. It made us perform better.

This is a ritual the theater group would conduct. For superstitious reasons they would join in a type of bad mojo warding dance. Obviously this ritual provides comfort, marks the occasion of the competition, and provides a good placebo affect, but the biggest benefit is likely that the team members joining together to do an embarrassing dance provided the club with a strong feeling of community.


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