#AtoZ: G is for Ghawazi

This post belongs to the #AtoZchallenge 2024, where I attempt to turn a word a day into something that can be used in Role Playing Games.

The Ghawazi is a female dancer that dances traditional rural Egyptian dances in public, these dances later evolved into modern belly-dancing. They were often not danced alone, but accompanied by narration and music. Strangely enough, the word originally meant conqueror, because the dancers conquered the audiences hearts. Originally, they were not considered erotic dancers, but that changed during the 19th century.

Funny enough, belly-dancing seems to be an enormously healthly kind of sport, which improves dexterity and strength, while also relaxing the spine.

How to integrate it into your typical fantasy RPG?

  • They could be a take on the amazon society: a feared female warrior society, known for conquering wherever they please, but who in civilian life favour belly-dancing.
  • Or, of course, the warrior looks for a trainer who has him learn belly-dancing.
  • The Ghawazi could be a school of magicians specialized in charm spells.

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