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Associations---Roumania children Beltane Lively Fun 
Tapes Found On---Green Tapes 
ěAlunelulî means ěThe Hazelnutî
The reference hearkens from the Beltane festivities and therefore refers to the testicles---in a playful way, as is the spirit of the Beltane Fests.
Hazelnuts! The dance stems from MayDay (also known as Beltane). May Day is
what remains of a very sensual country folk celebration of the fertility of
the Spirit, Nature and the Community. Think The Fisher King and Sir Gawain
and the Green Knight. The May Pole is a phallic symbol and the hazelnuts
were representative of ... O, nuts!
Try dancing it in several circles going in opposite directions.
Variations to try, according to region of Roumania or whim, are:
a) lean into the direction of the movement
b) turn the knees & feet slightly out
c) lift the free foot slightly, with bent knee
d) put emphasis on the leading foot , and the stamps
e) place the closing foot just behind the other foot
f) with doll-like arms, swing arms forward and back with each step
ěAlunelul, Alunelul, come to the dance!
Let it be lucky for us.î 
This apparently simple children's dance from Romania is a wonderful dance
to lighten an evening that has gotten too heady. I especially like to pull
this dance out when facilitating groups of mens gatherings. Children under
the age of five generally find this dance quite easy to do. Over that age,
the dance becomes increasingly difficult.
This increasing difficulty probably has to do with several phenomena that
bloom into our lives. First, we tend to give our intellectual process more
value than it is due and we separate our minds from our bodies. Virtuosic
action becomes more rare.
Secondly, we (especially the men folk) are trained in the capacity to at
least pretend that we know what we are doing (that helps us take control-a
helpful function to be sure) and we are taught to know at all times the wise
answer. Our foolishness becomes the only doorway back to our true wisdom,
for as long as we feel the need to protect our status as 'the knower' or
'the wise leader' we encase our thinking capacities into the accepted and
the safe. Wisdom is not something we know. It is rather a place we live. We
can not live there fully as long as we protect our time and societal
related intellectualizations.
"Come, let us dance! Here is to our good fortune!
Those who dance will grow strong and tall,
Those who don't will be weak and small.
Come, let us dance! Here is to our good fortune!
Come and dance upon the earth where the good basil grows.
Dance and dance and dance again and never ever slow!"
Come, dance the Hazelnut and welcome back your fool!.
Words in English
Alunelu 1, alunelu, come to the dance!
Let it be lucky for us.
Whoever dances the hora
big, big will cecome.
Whoever doesnít dance, likewise, 
will remain small.
Alunelu, alunelu, come to the dance!
Let it be lucky for us.
Dance, dance, right in place,
let the sweet-basil bloom,
dance, dance, just like this,
dance and donít let up!
1 the name of the dance, literally ělittle hazelnut treeî
Words in Native Tongue
/Alunelu, alunelu hai la joc,
sa ne fie, sa ne fie cu naracl/
Cine-n hara a sa joece
mare, mare se va face.
Cine n-ci juca de fel
va ramine mititel.
/Alunelul, alunelul hai la joc
sa ne fie, sa ne fie cu naracl/
Jcemca, jcemca tot e loc,
sa rasara busuioc.
Jcemca, jcemca tot auga,
Jcemca si nu te lasa
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