Every people dance traditionally with their ancestral agro-pastoral way of life. The Somalis wear still this traditional costume, loincloth called "Gundhate" of their Egyptian- Puntite Ancestors. According to the historian Richard Pankhurst :"""The Egyptians sometimes called Punt land Ta-Netjeru, meaning "Land of the Gods," and considered it their place of origin. Egyptian ships also reached the shores of the land of Punt on the Somali coast to procure highly valued cargoes of myrrh, ebony and animals, among other goods. Noblecourt , in his book "Hatshepsout ,the Mysterious Queen" said that the Ancient-Egyptians and The Puntites used to speak and communicate with the same language. Hatshepsut got also many products from the Land of Punt ,surnamed also , the Land of gods , ancestors ,"Ta - An- Jirnay "; as the frankincense , myrrh, ebony, gold , and exotic animals ,Cheetahs, giraffes, baboons, etc. Also ,in order to reinforce the mutual relationships, a Puntite delegation was sent to the Ancient Egypt during the reign of Hatshepsut.
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Somalia: 'Until Recently Dhaanto Was a Dying Art' - an Interview With Aar Maanta
The refugee from the Ogaden talks Somali music and dance. Soon after Aar Maanta arrived in the UK from Somalia in the mids as a child, his homeland changed dramatically. Civil war broke out and at one point the singer's own official nationality switched overnight from Somali to Ethiopian. This, as Maanta explained after his set at the Womad Festival last month, was representative of a problem that is felt across Africa. I can go back to my homeland now, because that particular region is a lot more stable than it was.
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