Dance and music mediate between the sensual and the spiritual life. Ludvig van Beethoven (modified quote)
The Zeffa, a wedding processional dance, was to be performed by Dara, brought to Panama to perform at the wedding of an affluent business man’s daughter.
Known by various names—zeffah, zaffa, zeffa—it is a raqs as-shamadan dance style and a very old Egyptian tradition. The use of a candelabra is more recent. The raq traces its origins somewhere between the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. The dancer who made it famous was Zouba al-Klobativa who balanced a lantern on her head during a wedding procession. The light from the candles were to light the way and symbolized light, love, and prosperity, including fertility.
Another dancer who made it famous was Shafiqa al-Qobtiva. She was already famous and took the balancing act to higher demand.