Sunday, May 29, 2016

Reflection - The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon

Source Website: http://www.womeninthebible.net/queen_sheba.htm
By Bible Study Resource for Women in the Bible: The Queen of Sheba's visit to King Solomon - Women of the Old Testament


The Queen of Sheba is not named, but her title has become famous in history and literature.
PHOTO: The Queen of Sheba is not named, but her title has become famous in history and literature. She visits King Solomon, speaks to him on equal terms, and is impressed by his intellect and wealth (1 Kings 10:1-13).
A painting of Gina Lollobrigida as the Queen of Sheba from Cosmopolitan magazine
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[1] The Queen of Sheba is not named, but her title has become famous in history and literature. Solomon Hebrew 'shelomoh', means 'his replacement', perhaps referring to his mother Bathsheba’s first son, who died soon after birth.

Main theme of the story
The power of an intelligent woman. The Queen acts as Solomon's equal. She knows her own worth. There is a message here for all women.

The story of the Queen of Sheba has one episode: She visits King Solomon, speaks to him on equal terms, and is impressed by his intellect and wealth (1 Kings 10:1-13).



The power of an intelligent woman.
PHOTO: The power of an intelligent woman. The Queen acts as Solomon's equal. She knows her own worth. There is a message here for all women.
Painting by Sir Edward John Poynter (England 1836–1919) - The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon 1881-90 (aka The Queen of Sheba before Solomon)
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Who was she?
Who was this legendary figure who came flaunting herself (and her wealth) at King Solomon's court? Most probably she was from Ethiopia, a queen in her own right - a royal woman used to getting her own way and confidently sure of her worth.



Who was the Queen of Sheba?
PHOTO: Who was the Queen of Sheba? Most probably she was from Ethiopia, a queen in her own right - a royal woman used to getting her own way and confidently sure of her worth. Based on details from the Bible supplemented by the evidence of Assyrian remains unearthed in the 1840s, the Queen of Sheba is a mysterious and alluring figure followed by an exotic retinue (a group of advisers, assistants, or others accompanying an important person) bearing her gifts for Solomon, of gold, gems and spices.
Painting by Sir Edward John Poynter (England 1836–1919) - The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon 1881-90 (aka The Queen of Sheba before Solomon)
Picture posted by Jerry Dohnal, taken on 4 April 2012

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She was not the only queen in the ancient world. Egypt and Assyria had women who ruled, and a number of queens of the 8th and 7th centuries BC are listed in Assyrian inscriptions. In Sheba, women played an important role in society and were equal to men in nearly all spheres, with civil, religious and military rights and duties much like a man’s. Polygamy was uncommon in Sheba.



Who was this legendary figure who came flaunting herself (and her wealth) at King Solomon's court?
PHOTO: Who was this legendary figure who came flaunting herself (and her wealth) at King Solomon's court? In Sheba, women played an important role in society and were equal to men in nearly all spheres, with civil, religious and military rights and duties much like a man’s.
Painting by Sir Edward John Poynter (England 1836–1919) - The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon 1881-90 (aka The Queen of Sheba before Solomon)
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http://www.womeninthebible.net/Queen_Sheba_AG.jpg
http://www.womeninthebible.net/queen_sheba.htm



Was there an affair between the Queen and Solomon?
The Queen's statement to Solomon 'happy are your wives', is ambiguous to say the least, and according to ancient tradition, the queen took a child back to Sheba - hers and Solomon's. The emperor of Ethiopia traced his direct lineage from this baby. The Bible does not mention it.



Was there an affair between the Queen and Solomon?
PHOTO: Was there an affair between the Queen and Solomon? The Queen's statement to Solomon 'happy are your wives', and according to ancient tradition, the queen took a child back to Sheba - hers and Solomon's. The Bible does not mention it. Whatever the truth, Solomon had such a reputation for enjoying the company of women that people have speculated that there was more to their relationship than just diplomacy.
Painting by Henry Siemiradzki - "Phryne at the Festival of Poseidon" (1889, Russian Museum) 

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Whatever the truth, Solomon had such a reputation for enjoying the company of women that people have speculated that there was more to their relationship than just diplomacy. He had, after all, a large number of foreign wives and concubines - the Bible mentions one thousand, though they were not 'wives' in the sense that we use the word. There would have been

  • about ten to twenty main wives, headed by the mother of the heir to the throne and including foreign princesses
  • the current favourite
  • perhaps eighty to a hundred secondary wives or concubines
  • and thousands of female servants who did all the day-to-day work in the women's quarters of the royal harem. 

    Solomon had such a reputation for enjoying the company of women that people have speculated that there was more to their relationship than just diplomacy.
    PHOTO: Solomon had such a reputation for enjoying the company of women that people have speculated that there was more to their relationship than just diplomacy. He had, a large number of foreign wives and concubines - the Bible mentions one thousand.
    Painting by Edward John Poynter
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    What happened while the Queen of Sheba was at Solomon's court? An affair between two equals?  The traditional Bible translation says that after seeing all Solomon had to offer, 'there was no more spirit in her'. An alternative translation is that 'he took her breath away'. Solomon may have met his match, and so may she.



    What happened while the Queen of Sheba was at Solomon's court?
    PHOTO: What happened while the Queen of Sheba was at Solomon's court? An affair between two equals?  The traditional Bible translation says that after seeing all Solomon had to offer, 'he took her breath away'. Solomon may have met his match, and so may she.
    Painting by Edward Slocombe - Queen of Saba (1907)
    Picture posted by Bukowski Auktioner AB

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    Why did she go to Solomon's court?
    A reasonable political cause for the visit of the Queen can be found in
    • Solomon's control of the head of the Gulf of Aqabah (hence of the route that would cross from Arabia to Egypt) and
    • the sea trade that he had inaugurated, which would seriously threaten the caravan trade that had made the southern Arabian kingdoms rich.

    Why did she go to Solomon's court?
    PHOTO: Why did she go to Solomon's court?
    A reasonable political cause for the visit of the Queen can be found in Solomon's control of the head of the Gulf of Aqabah (hence of the route that would cross from Arabia to Egypt).
    Picture posted by Sable, the-skyrock-team on Monday, 04 May 2015 at 5:27 PMhttps://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s8h7zk2Og08/V0vD-E0HkGI/AAAAAAAAj7I/PNpowJ0ud8A07wCYWy6dCg9NL99cpPa_ACLcB/s1600/wir.skyrock.net%25284%2529.jpg



    Saba (or Sheba) was one of the most important southern Arabian kingdoms. It played a major role in the trade of the area, especially in spices and incense for which south-western Arabia was famous.

    Following the introduction of the camel, Sheba began at about the time of the Queen's visit a commercial expansion which in a few centuries brought them control of the whole trade of a wide area of southern and central Arabia. It may well have been the Queen who kick-started this expansion.



    Following the introduction of the camel, Sheba began at about the time of the Queen's visit a commercial expansion
    PHOTO: Following the introduction of the camel, Sheba began at about the time of the Queen's visit a commercial expansion which in a few centuries brought them control of the whole trade of a wide area of southern and central Arabia. It may well have been the Queen who kick-started this expansion.
    Picture posted by Mary Vee on Wednesday, 20 March 2013
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    The land of Saba was rich in gold and precious stones, frankincense and sugar (called 'sweet cane' in Jeremiah 6:20). The people were great traders, and apart from their connections with Solomon, the Bible records that Tyre, for example, was supplied by 'the traders of Sheba and Ramah' with spices, precious stones and gold (Ezekiel 27:22). Joel refers to the people of Sheba as slave traders (Joel 3:8) and Job knew them as cattle raiders and brigands (Job 1 :15).



    Joel refers to the people of Sheba as slave traders (Joel 3:8)

    PHOTO: Joel refers to the people of Sheba as slave traders (Joel 3:8)
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    The excuse for her visit, of course, would be her desire to see the famous king. Part of her motive was curiosity about Solomon, who enjoyed a reputation for being a shrewd judge of character and a learned scholar as well. This is part of the truth. But she was certainly interested in the possibility of trade with Solomon's thriving kingdom.



    The excuse for her visit, of course, would be her desire to see the famous king.
    PHOTO: The excuse for her visit, of course, would be her desire to see the famous king. Part of her motive was curiosity about Solomon, who enjoyed a reputation for being a shrewd judge of character and a learned scholar as well. This is part of the truth. But she was certainly interested in the possibility of trade with Solomon's thriving kingdom.
    Artwork by Constantin Razoumov, La charmeuse orientale, Made of Oil on canvas
    Posted by the-skyrock-team on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 at 6:49 PM

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    The visit seems to have included a diplomatic ceremony. Sumptuous gifts were exchanged - the Bible mentions gold, spices, precious stones and almug wood, which was probably sandlewood or pine. The Bible says this wood was made into supporting beams, (possibly for Solomon's palace), lyres and harps (remember that Solomon's father David had been a gifted musician).



    The visit seems to have included a diplomatic ceremony.
    PHOTO: The visit seems to have included a diplomatic ceremony. Sumptuous gifts were exchanged - the Bible mentions gold, spices, precious stones and almug wood, which was probably sandlewood or pine. The Bible says this wood was made into supporting beams, (possibly for Solomon's palace), lyres and harps (remember that Solomon's father David had been a gifted musician).
    Painting by Giovanni De Min 1789–1859
    Picture from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Solomon and The Queen of Sheba

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_of_Sheba



    During the visit she is said to have asked Solomon 'hard questions'. These were probably riddles or tests of practical sagacity, to see just how quick his mind was. He apparently answered to her satisfaction. She also tested his practical wisdom by setting him a series of 'what-if' dilemmas, to gauge his administrative skills. She was not only satisfied with his responses, but impressed.



    During the visit she is said to have asked Solomon 'hard questions'.

    PHOTO:  During the visit she is said to have asked Solomon 'hard questions'. These were probably riddles or tests of practical sagacity, to see just how quick his mind was. He apparently answered to her satisfaction. She was not only satisfied with his responses, but impressed.
    Posted by Sable, the-skyrock-team on Thursday, 12 May 2016 at 4:36 AM

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    Solomon was lavish in his hospitality. He was clearly trying to impress this exotic queen.



    Solomon was lavish in his hospitality.

    PHOTO: Solomon was lavish in his hospitality. He was clearly trying to impress this exotic queen.
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    Where was Sheba?
    The exact location of Sheba is unknown, but scholars identify it with Saba, the home of the Sabeans, who occupied the southwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula and the territory of eastern Ethiopia. It is not certain whether Sheba refers to the kingdom in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula or to some of its outposts in the northern part of Arabia. The Sabaean kingdom flourished from about 1,000-450 BC.



    The exact location of Sheba is unknown
    PHOTO: The exact location of Sheba is unknown, but scholars identify it with Saba, the home of the Sabeans, who occupied the southwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula and the territory of eastern Ethiopia.
    Picture posted by Bible Study Resource for Women in the Bible
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    http://www.womeninthebible.net/queen_sheba.htm



    Note: Not much is known about the history of her people, but it seems that the people of Sheba were divided into two quite separate classes: plebians and nobles. Only the nobles had any say in government. The people were ruled by a form of oligarchy (a small group of people having control of a country or organization) from which a king or queen was chosen to reign in rotation.


    Not much is known about the history of Sheba.
    PHOTO: Not much is known about the history of Sheba. The people were ruled by a form of oligarchy (a small group of people having control of a country or organization) from which a king or queen was chosen to reign in rotation.
    Picture posted by Sable, the-skyrock-team on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 at 4:25 PM
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    The Queen of Sheba also tested Solomon's practical wisdom by setting him a series of 'what-if' dilemmas, to gauge his administrative skills.

    PHOTO: The Queen of Sheba also tested Solomon's practical wisdom by setting him a series of 'what-if' dilemmas, to gauge his administrative skills. She was not only satisfied with his responses, but impressed.
    Posted by Sable, the-skyrock-team on Friday, 20 August 2010 at 3:57 AM
    Source: L'Express (2010)

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    By Bible Study Resource for Women in the Bible: The Queen of Sheba's visit to King Solomon - Women of the Old Testament



    Reference
    [1] Bible Study Resource for Women in the Bible: The Queen of Sheba's visit to King Solomon - Women of the Old Testament, http://www.womeninthebible.net/queen_sheba.htm.

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    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Soh's picture even draws praise from PM

    My Paper, Monday, May 26, 2016, Page A2, Top Stories
    From http://epaper.mypaper.sg/epc/en/2016-05-26/
    Source Website: http://mypaper.sg/top-stories/sohs-picture-even-draws-praise-pm-20160526
    By Lee Min Kok, mypaper, mklee@sph.com.sg, 26 May 2016


    A BOLT OUT OF THE BLUE:
    PHOTO: A BOLT OUT OF THE BLUE: Soh, a full-time photographer, used Photoshop to create a composite image from 12 photos, showing numerous streaks of lightning. The photo has since gone viral.
    PHOTO: DARREN SOH
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    ADMIRERS - and there are tens of thousands of them - are already hailing it as Singapore's 2016 Picture of the Year.

    But Singapore architecture and landscape photographer Darren Soh, 40, whose stunning composite image of lightning activity in Sembawang earned him an interview with the BBC, is still in shock over its impact on social media.

    "Yes, I felt the photo was a bit better than my usual ones. But did I expect this level of response? Definitely not," he said yesterday.

    Since uploading it on Facebook on Sunday night, Mr Soh's photo has racked up nearly 45,000 likes and over 14,000 shares. It was also featured on international news websites such as The Telegraph.

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong even shared the photo on his Facebook page, praising Mr Soh for having "a knack for making the everyday extraordinary".

    Mr Lee wrote: "Singapore is a lightning capital of the world, but few photos have captured it as strikingly as this composite by Darren Soh."

    On Sunday night, from the 16th-floor stairwell of an HDB block at Sembawang's Montreal Link - and facing the Johor Strait - Mr Soh took about 100 images of lightning flashing across the night sky.

    He selected 12 images and used Photoshop to layer them into a single composite image.

    This is his first time producing a composite image of a lightning storm, having previously applied the technique in his construction photography projects. It involves photographs that are taken over a period of time which are then combined.

    Mr Soh, who has been running his own photography company for 15 years and specialises in shots of HDB flats, said he had been chasing lightning storms for the past three to four years, and suffered six failed attempts before finally nailing it.

    He deliberately captured the cluster of HDB flats at the bottom right of the photo as he wanted to give it a uniquely Singaporean feel.

    "Without a local context, it would just be another nice lightning photo that could have been taken anywhere."

    By Lee Min Kok, mypaper, mklee@sph.com.sg, 26 May 2016


    Mr Soh specialises in shots of HDB flats, said he had been chasing lightning storms for the past three to four years, and suffered six failed attempts before finally nailing it.
    PHOTO: Mr Soh specialises in shots of HDB flats, said he had been chasing lightning storms for the past three to four years, and suffered six failed attempts before finally nailing it. He deliberately captured the cluster of HDB flats at the bottom right of the photo as he wanted to give it a uniquely Singaporean feel.
    PHOTO: DARREN SOH
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    http://mypaper.sg/top-stories/sohs-picture-even-draws-praise-pm-20160526




    Reference

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Burlesque - Exotic World

    Source Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlesque
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    The Legendary Michelle L'amour
    PHOTO: The Legendary Michelle L'amour in Chicago's Biggest Burlesque Event Ever!
    This all-new striptease extravaganza features burlesque superstar Michelle L’amour, 17 beautiful Starlets, Nadine Dubois (the “Voice Wonder” from Minneapolis), Tatah DuJour (from Key West), Tigger! (the original King of Boylesque from New York City) and Chicago’s very own Hot Toddy (2009 King of Boylesque). Not to mention live music by L’amourchestra and the vaudeville antics of The Oona Tramps.
    Picture posted by Guy F. Wicke, WickeLeaks on 12 August 2009
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    https://blog.wickeinternational.com/2009/08/12/michellelamour/



    Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects.[1] The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which, in turn, is derived from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery.[2]



    Michelle L'amour, 2005 Miss Exotic World
    PHOTO: Michelle L'amour, 2005 Miss Exotic World
    Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects.
    Picture from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlesque



    Burlesque overlaps in meaning with caricature, parody and travesty, and, in its theatrical sense, with extravaganza, as presented during the Victorian era.[3] "Burlesque" has been used in English in this literary and theatrical sense since the late 17th century. It has been applied retrospectively to works of Chaucer and Shakespeare and to the Graeco-Roman classics.[4]



    Michelle L'amour, 2005 Miss Exotic World
    PHOTO: Michelle L'amour, 2005 Miss Exotic World
    The Miss Exotic World Pageant (officially, the Miss Exotic World Pageant and Striptease Reunion) is an annual neo-burlesque pageant and convention, and is the annual showcase event (and fundraiser for) the Burlesque Hall of Fame (formerly the Exotic World burlesque museum).
    Picture from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository
    Fan dance by Miss Exotic World 2005, Michelle L'amour at the 2007 Miss Exotic World Pageant

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    A later use of the term, particularly in the United States, refers to performances in a variety show format. These were popular from the 1860s to the 1940s, often in cabarets and clubs, as well as theatres, and featured bawdy comedy and female striptease. Some Hollywood films attempted to recreate the spirit of these performances from the 1930s to the 1960s, or included burlesque-style scenes within dramatic films, such as 1972's Cabaret and 1979's All That Jazz, among others.



    Michelle L'amour, 2005 Miss Exotic World
    PHOTO: Michelle L'amour, 2005 Miss Exotic World
    Burlesque particularly in the United States, refers to performances in a variety show format which featured bawdy comedy and female striptease.
    Picture from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository
    A fan dance by Michelle L'amour at the 2007 Miss Exotic World Pageant.
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    In 17th century Spain, playwright and poet Miguel de Cervantes ridiculed medieval romance in his many satirical works. Burlesque was intentionally ridiculous in that it imitated several styles and combined imitations of certain authors and artists with absurd descriptions. Burlesque depended on the reader's (or listener's) knowledge of the subject to make its intended effect, and a high degree of literacy was taken for granted.[11]



    Queens of Burlesque
    PHOTO: Queens of Burlesque wouldn’t be complete without its international lineup. Chicago’s Michelle L’Amour presents a breathtaking tribute to late burlesque legend Sally Rand with a fan dance that puts even the most trained swans at the American Ballet Theatre to shame.
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    The uninhibited atmosphere of burlesque establishments owed much to the free flow of alcoholic liquor, and the enforcement of Prohibition was a serious blow.[34] In New York, Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia clamped down on burlesque, effectively putting it out of business by the early 1940s.[35] It lingered on elsewhere in the U.S., increasingly neglected, and by the 1970s, with nudity commonplace in theatres, reached "its final shabby demise."[36]



    Michelle L’amour and Russell Bruner
    PHOTO: Michelle L’amour and Russell Bruner performing their new duet, ‘Soft Lights and Sweet Music’, at the Big Sexy Show on February 14th. ©Mike White
    Burlesque superstar Michelle L’amour, known for spellbinding grace, hilarious viral videos and unrelenting raunch.
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    New York burlesque shows soon incorporated elements and the structure of the popular minstrel shows. They consisted of three parts: first, songs and ribald comic sketches by low comedians; second, assorted olios and male acts, such as acrobats, magicians and solo singers; and third, chorus numbers and sometimes a burlesque in the English style on politics or a current play. The entertainment was usually concluded by an exotic dancer or a wrestling or boxing match.[32]



    Michelle L'amour (©Melody Mudd - BurlesqueBeat.com)
    PHOTO: Michelle L'amour (©Melody Mudd - BurlesqueBeat.com)
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    While burlesque went out of fashion in England towards the end of the 19th century, to be replaced by Edwardian musical comedy, the American style of burlesque flourished, but with increasing focus on female nudity. Exotic "cooch" dances were brought in, ostensibly Syrian in origin. The entertainments were given in clubs and cabarets, as well as music halls and theatres.



    Michelle L'amour at Exotic World 2008 Legends Night
    PHOTO: Michelle L'amour at Exotic World 2008 Legends Night
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    The transition from burlesque on the old lines to striptease was gradual. At first, soubrettes showed off their figures while singing and dancing; some were less active but compensated by appearing in elaborate stage costumes.[33]



    Proud Cabaret
    PHOTO: Proud Cabaret
    Glitzy, glamorous & down-right entertaining, kicking your heels up at Proud Cabaret has all the makings of a great night out” - View London
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    The strippers gradually supplanted the singing and dancing soubrettes; by 1932 there were at least 150 strip principals in the US.[33] Star strippers included Sally Rand, Gypsy Rose Lee, Tempest Storm, Lili St. Cyr, Blaze Starr, Ann Corio and Margie Hart, who was celebrated enough to be mentioned in song lyrics by Lorenz Hart and Cole Porter.[33]



    Southern Spitfires Burlesque
    PHOTO: Southern Spitfires Burlesque
    "The Warrior of Burlesque," Deanna Danger, is an international performance artist skilled in many genres, based in Richmond, VA.
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    By the late 1930s, burlesque shows would have up to six strippers supported by one or two comics and a master of ceremonies. [33]



    Miss Betsy Rose Burlesque
    PHOTO: Miss Betsy Rose Burlesque
    Egyptian glamour is nothing new to burlesque outfits. The goddess are a common sight in burlesque clubs. So, what better way to evoke classic showgirl style, Hollywood glamour and modern elegance than following Elizabeth Taylor and Miss Betsy Rose’s lead.
    Picture posted by Serena Doherty on 24 April 2016 - Burlesque dancer, Miss Betsy Rose starred in a Cleopatra inspired photoshoot. 

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    In recent decades, there has been a revival of burlesque, sometimes called Neo-Burlesque,[35] on both sides of the Atlantic.[40] A new generation, nostalgic for the spectacle and perceived glamour of the classic American burlesque. Annual conventions such as the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and the Miss Exotic World Pageant are held.[42][43]



    Miss Betsy Rose Burlesque
    PHOTO: Miss Betsy Rose Burlesque
    The Egyptian side with some strappy gold sandals and sparkly heels.
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    Underdressed women playing sexual aggressors – in a production written and managed by a woman. Men and adventurous wives turned out in droves, the hottest thing in show business. The cries of the self-righteous had an unintended effect. Editorials and sermons condemning burlesque as "indecent" only made the form more popular! Demand was such that copycat burlesque companies soon cropped up, many with female managers. [44]



    Miss Betsy Rose Burlesque
    PHOTO: Miss Betsy Rose Burlesque
    This year (2016) sees the 50th anniversary of the iconic Cleopatra motion picture starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
    Picture posted by Serena Doherty on 24 April 2016 - Burlesque dancer, Miss Betsy Rose starred in a Cleopatra inspired photoshoot.
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    Burlesque left little to the imagination. Transgressive feminine wit was gradually replaced by a masculine determination to reveal as much of the feminine form as local laws allowed. But obscenity and vulgarity were avoided – the point was to spoof and (to a limited extent) titillate, not to offend. [44]



    A seductive yet traditional snake charmer
    PHOTO: A seductive yet traditional snake charmer, silk dance, that transitions into a dynamic portrayal of a lust struck slave girl . (This can include a spinning wheel stage prop that require’s adequate space for set up and performance.)
    Picture posted by Miss Stormy Gayle, missstormygayle.com on 26 January 2015
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    Some sources try to wrap burlesque in a mantle of pseudo-intellectual respectability. Yes, it involved transgressive comedy and songs, but the primary attraction of burlesque was sex . . in the form of ribald humor and immodestly dressed women. Although many dismissed burlesque as the tail-end of show business, its influence reaches through the development of popular entertainment into the present. [44]



    9th Rome Burlesque Festival
    PHOTO: 9th Rome Burlesque Festival con Lada Red Star, Giudutta Sin, Scarlett Diamond e la band Crystal & the Runnin' Wild. Micca club, piazza Barberini.
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    British burlesque relied on the display of shapely, underdressed women to keep audiences interested. Suggestive rather than bawdy, troop of ballerinas in flesh-colored tights served notice that audiences were ready to fork over big bucks for sexually stimulating entertainment. [44]



    9th Rome Burlesque Festival
    PHOTO: 9th Rome Burlesque Festival con Lada Red Star, Giudutta Sin, Scarlett Diamond e la band Crystal & the Runnin' Wild. Micca club, piazza Barberini.
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    [2] In theatrical use, a burla was "a comic interlude or practical joke introduced, usually extempore, into a performance by the servant masks of the commedia dell'arte … developed at will into a small independent 'turn', the characters returning at its conclusion to the main theme of the plot". See Hartnoll, Phyllis and Peter Found. "Burla", The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre, Oxford University Press, 1996. Oxford Reference Online, accessed 16 February 2011

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