Some of you may remember my paper The Genesis of the Round Dance that I posted early in the life of TempleStudy.com. It was a paper I wrote for a BYU Dance Department Symposium a few years ago that addressed the ancient ubiquitous practice of ring dancing, particularly as connected with religious worship and prayer. It was a subject that really intrigued me, and is probably one of the most researched topics I’ve ever written about, as well as one of the first, taking some precious leads from Hugh Nibley and running.
Br. Frederick M. Huchel, an independent historian and scholar of the temple from Logan, Utah, a week and a half ago spoke on the same subject at Margaret Barker’s Temple Studies Group symposium in London, England. His presentation was entitled “The Cosmic Ring-Dance of the Angels: An Early Christian Rite of the Temple.” The paper has now been published on David Larsen’s Heavenly Ascents blog.
I have not yet had the chance to read the paper, but I am confident that it will go far and above the detail of my paper, lending valuable insights particularly in the area of the ancient Israelite and early Christian elements. Br. Huchel’s original work on the subject spans over 100 pages that he plans to publish at some point, of which this paper is a portion.
I’m really looking forward to learning more about this subject from Br. Huchel! You can find the paper at the links below:
Update: Frederick M. Huchel has now published a book on this subject. You can buy it here: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/the-cosmic-ring-dance-of-the-angels—softbound/7409216?fNo=Cancel