Round dances, through all ages of time and all locations of the world, display striking similarities in structure and theme. This is strong evidence that they share a common origin. These dances are usually quite religious in nature and I propose that round dances, like other widespread yet similar ritual motifs found scattered across the world, had their beginnings in one of the first sacred rites of this world given to and practiced by our first parents, namely the ancient prayer circle.
The paper on this subject has been split up into the following parts:
Part 1 – Introduction
Part 2 – Round dances from the Neolithic time period, Native American, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian cultures.
Part 3 – Round dances from the Greek, Hebrew, and Christian cultures.
Part 4 – Round dances from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and present-day traditions. Common pattern throughout all practices.
Part 5 – Round dances show connections with religions, and with ritual creation dramas throughout history, including the early Christian prayer circle.
Part 6 – Round dances show connections with worship since the beginning of time, indicating a common source. These practices are familiar to the Latter-day Saints. Conclusion.