How does the queen of Eskista live

Men, women, and kids perform the traditional Amhara cultural dance known as eskista in Ethiopia. It is renowned for its distinctive emphasis on vigorous shoulder movement, which it shares with the Tigrinya people of neighboring Eritrea’s shim-shim dance. The dance is characterized by the shoulders rolling and bouncing, the chest jilting, and the neck thrusting in different directions. Even though eskista is typically performed to traditional Ethiopian music, it can also be done to more contemporary music, such as that featured in contemporary Ethiopian music videos. Eskista dancing is arguably one of the most technical types of traditional dance because of how complicated it is.
There are at least 20 different regional varieties of the Eskista, each with a distinct origin and a long history of its own, though the majority are based on the challenging existence of the typical farmer in the Ethiopian highlands. According to a well-known Ethiopian myth, this dance was created by observing a snake’s movements and then mimicking them. It seems that Ethiopians very keenly noticed that a snake always moved its neck region in a particular way while dancing to the beat of music. This snake’s neck movement was later used as a model to create the dance that would later come to be known as “Eskita,” which translates to “dancing shoulders.” The performers’ (male and female) attire is a traditional woolen Ethiopian dress known as “Gabbi or netella.” Additionally, depending on the performer’s gender, different colors are used to paint this traditional costume.

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