Bizarre Rituals 1: Dances Sacred and Profane (1985)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Anthropology, Sociology  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Sally Barber

A two-tape set, Bizarre Rituals looks into a shocking world where strange and grotesque practices are common occurrences. The film Dances Sacred and Profane explores weird, startling, and outrageous ceremonies involving self-mutilation, tattoos, and piercings. Travel from Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the underground of New York to witness unbelievable acts, testing the limits of human endurance. This unusual documentary also provides an in-depth look at the curious ways of the father of the modern primitives movement, Fakir Musar, including his Sun Dance ritual. The companion volume to Dances Sacred and Profane is Voodoo in Haiti.



body-piercing, ceremony, dance [art], ritual, self-mutilation, tattoo, underground [counterculture]