Origin of English word HORA

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The word HORA is addressed in the entry: HULA

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The native Hawaiian dance, HULA-HULA, and other dances in the region, do not require steps or partners. The dancers writhe and shake in place.

חל   [K]HahL is to dance, writhe or tremble. The  מחולה MI[K]HOALaH (dance) is an extension. At Exodus15:20 Miriam the prophetess and "all of the women" danced to praise the Lord after the splitting of the sea. This  מחולה MI[K]HOALaH (dance) accompanied by tambourines was like a Mideastern bellydance, not a circle dance, like the borrowed HORA. An epic story was celebrated at the Reed Sea, much like a HULA tells a story. The brazen dancing (same HL term) before the golden calf in Exodus32:19, however, almost ended the Israelite mission.


[K]HiLKHaiL is to shake;  [K]HaL[K]HaLaH is a convulsion.  Het-Lamed shifts gutturals and liquids to CH-R. CHOREA is a nervous disorder of convulsions. This is precisely what Het-Lamed is about.  Dictionaries  guess that the word derives from Greek khorea (choral dance). 

The convulsion-dance connection is established above.  Greek chore (dance) gave English words like CHREOGRAPHY and CHORISTER.  See CHORUS. Related dance terms include HIT[K]HOALaiL ( to whirl) and  KiKaiR (to dance - IISamuel6:14). (S)CURRY and the HORA (dance) ought to relate. HORA was borrowed from dance words like the Modern Greek horos.   HR dance is from the Edenic Het-Lamed.

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