“Eno Sagrado”– Dancing on Sacred Ground

Eno Sagrado – On Sacred Ground.

Trivia: there’s a wine called Martin Codax (the composer of Eno Sagrado) which is where I found this image to the right.

Here are some versions of the music performed:

Bordunitas – Eno sagrado en vigo




Obscura – Eno Sagrado En Vigo.wmv


TRISKILIAN Eno sagrado en Vigo (Martim Codax, 13. Jhd.)


(16) [Gothart] Eno sagrado en vigo

I learned a lot about history, geography and poetry while researching this piece. It’s one of six poems by Martin Codax from what is now North west Spain (Galicia) and is in the tradition of Cantiga d’Amigo (song of a friend).

What’s distinctive is the poems are all written from a female point of view.

What mainly distinguishes the cantiga de amigo is its focus on a world of female-voiced communication. The earliest examples that survive are dated from roughly the 1220s, and nearly all 500 were composed before 1300. (wikipedia)

He lived and created around the middle of the 13th Century. (I’m pretty sure of that even though some notes for the dance say 14th Century). Here’s what I found on wikipedia:

There is no documentary biographical information concerning the poet, dating the work at present remains based on theoretical analysis of the text.

The title is actually Eno Sagrado in Vigo – Vigo being a city in that area.

In Vigo and on holy ground,
A body fair danced round and round,
All in love am I…

from wikipedia:

The body of work attributed to him consists of seven cantigas d’amigo which appear in the Galician-Portuguese songbooks and in the Pergaminho Vindel (Vindel parchment). In all three manuscripts he is listed as the author of the compositions, in all three the number and order of the songs is the same. … The identification of authorship of the poems (and their order) may contribute to a viewpoint that the seven songs of Codax reflect an original performance set. Consequently the sets of poems by other poets might also have been organized for performance.

The parchment was originally discovered by the Madrid based antiquarian bookseller and bibliophile Pedro Vindel among his possessions in 1913; it had been used as the cover of a copy of Cicero‘s De Officiis.

Martim Codax’s poems that appeared in the parchment are the following (originally untitled, they are listed by the first verse):

  • Ondas do mar de Vigo
  • Mandad’ey comigo
  • Mia irmana fremosa treydes comigo
  • Ay Deus, se sab’ora meu amigo
  • Quantas sabedes amar amigo
  • Eno sagrad’ en Vigo
  • Ay ondas que eu vin veer

The Medieval period goes from 500 to 1450. So contemporaries include Hildegard of Bingen  1098 – 1140.

This dance choreographed by Stefan Freedman is a favorite of mine. An interesting sequence of steps (imho). Easy to learn but not boring. Here’s the information from Touchstone Yoga Farm.



Here’s a video of Dr. Ysaye M Barnwell’s “We Are” performed in the Sydney Opera House in the summer of 2007.

A vimeo collage with lyrics flashing. (You may need to log into vimeo–it’s free).

Ted Talk by Ysaye Barnwell.

Liturgical Dance created for We Are (This is not a circle dance, just fyi.)

More by Sweet Honey in the Rock, Barnwell’s a capella group.


Wade in the Water

(Yes, we dance to this song sometimes.)

Breaths – Another Unitarian favorite found in the teal book.

And some other videos I found while I was down the rabbit hole today!

As One

Vangelis – Hymne


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