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' So, this is the introduction to my performance with my "pierced wings" at Tribal Fest 2006:
"In this next performance, Sashi of Ascend Tribal Dance combines movements and stylings from modern day Tribal Bellydance with aspects inspired by the Tribal Hindu Thaipusam Festivals of Malaysia in which kavadi frames, cheek and tongue spears are worn in trance-like states to honor Lord Muruga while seeking penance for themselves and their community.

This piece is being performed with great respect and understanding of the tribal cultures which inspire our Tribal Bellydance communities and is in no way meant to shock or offend. Rather, it is meant to present further understanding of the sacred tribal aspects from which our dances derive.

This performance ritual involves actual pierced wings. If this is something that you would not care to see, you are welcome to go shopping or enjoy the outdoor stage show at this time.

Namaste."- Sashi'

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