Saudis Perform The 'Ancient War' Dance in Taif

Published April 14th, 2021 - 06:34 GMT

Saudis are hardly trying to keep their old tradition reserved and practiced by the younger generations as Taif residents are still performing the 'ancient war' dance which is also known as ‘Taashir’ dance.

Men of the tribe usually full the barrels of their weapons using gunpowder before the show begins; as they wait in line to show their skills in using the guns.

The ancient war dance in Taif, a city located west of Saudi Arabia, works as men use gun flame lightened under their feet while dancing in the center.

Salman al-Tuweirgi, owner of a coffee shop there, said: "Taashir dance is the popular heritage of the people of Taif. It is considered an essential event at all occasions," according to AFP.

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Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows Saudi folklore dancers performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows Saudi folklore dancers performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows Saudi folklore dancers performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows Saudi folklore dancers performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows Saudi folklore dancers performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows Saudi folklore dancers performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP