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Salome the Dancer

Salome danced at the celebration gathering on the birthday of Herod Antipas. Many guests had come including the king's friends and captains of his army. He was so pleased by the dance that he foolishly promised to fulfill any wish Salome made. Once he had made the promise he could not take it back and was obligated to hear what she ask for.

Salome is often identified with the unnamed dancing woman in the New Testament (Mark 6:17-29 and Matthew 14:3-11). Christian traditions depict her as an icon of dangerous female seductiveness, notably in regard to the dance mentioned in the New Testament. Other elements of Christian tradition concentrate on her lighthearted and cold foolishness that, according to the gospels, led to John the Baptist's death. (Mark 6:25-27; Matthew 14:8-11)

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