Argentine tango. How did it start?
Argentine tango is perhaps one of the most mysterious and enchanting dances of our time. It is not just a dance — it is a concentrated passion that is available to everyone. And today we will consider the main hypotheses and versions of how this sultry dance was born. Toniflap Shutterstock.com so, let’s start… Why Argentina? In the mid-19th century, the country experienced an unprecedented economic recovery. But the lack of manpower significantly hinders the development process. To attract the flow of labor immigrants, various benefits are introduced… and the result is not long in coming — there are those who want to earn. They were mostly young men from Italy, Spain, Poland and Germany. Argentina had become a country where the male – female ratio was clearly not in favour of men. And to win the attention of the local beauty, men had to train with each other in the ability to dance (this tradition has survived to this day). Dance with the one hand showed partner “in all beauty”, and the other was a duel between two men for the favor of women. It happened that the result of such competitions was the death of one of the participants — because of a knife strike inflicted by a temperamental opponent. The trail of Spanish Moors… According to one hypothesis, tango was danced in the 15th century by Spanish Moors. Then the dance was adopted by the Gypsy tribes, who later “brought” it to Argentina. This dance was incredibly popular. He was easy, jovial, and sometimes even vulgar. For a long time he was not recognized by the middle and upper strata of society, being considered the music of the lower strata. Danced in cafes, brothels, bars, gambling venues — places where single men were looking for entertainment. Tango and Japan… the Third, no less incredible version, extends all the way to the Land of the rising sun. Some historians believe that the word “tango” is of Japanese origin, and the dance itself was invented by the Japanese who lived in Cuba. This hypothesis is too far away to be real, but other stories of the origin of the tango can not be considered more reliable and remain to this day the subject of fierce discussions and disputes. …or hot Africa? Some researchers believe that the dance was not imported by immigrants in the mid-19th century, and originated much earlier, in the circles of black slaves brought here long before the events preceding the economic rise of the country. In favor of this theory is the fact that the word “tango” — Creole origin (“dance, drum, place of dance”), and dates back to the languages of Central Africa. The position in which the tango was originally danced testifies to the African roots of the dance: the partners are inclined to each other, the knees are slightly bent, the “fifth point” is exposed back. Other scholars argue that the word “tango” among the peoples of Africa means “meeting place” or “special place”. It is said that the word “tango” or “Tambo” African-South Americans meant a kind of drum, under which ritual dances “tang” were performed, which in one of the African dialects means “to touch, touch, approach”. But no matter how much scientists and researchers argue about the origin of this wonderful dance, it never ceases to excite the minds of people of all ages, status and financial situation. Tango is a wonderful symbiosis of cultures, tribes and nationalities, which remains relevant to this day.