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25 April 2010

Hasan El Belbeissi (182? - ?) belly-dancer.

Gustave Flaubert, travelling in Egypt in December 1849, met Hasan el Belbeissi, a male belly-dancer, and then later met him again as part of a wedding procession when he was en femme,
'his hair braided on each side, embroidered jacket, eyebrows painted black, very ugly, gold piastres hanging down his back; around his body, as a belt, a chain of large gold amulets; he clicks castanets; splendid writhings of belly and hips; he makes his belly undulate like waves; grandfinal bow with his trousers ballooning'.

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