The etymological root of geisha It is found in two words of the language Japanese: gei (which translates as "Arts" ) and sha (translatable as "person" ). A geisha is a woman what in Japan , was taught for the tea ceremony and for the music and the dance , allowing you to animate various social events.
It can be said that a geisha is an artist formed from the childhood or adolescence Between the 18th centuries and XIX , a large number of Japanese were geisha, while at present the number of geisha has been reduced.
The geisha were educated in special establishments (geisha houses ). There, upon arrival, they fulfilled different orders, attended the most experienced and developed cleaning tasks. Five or six years later, thanks to learning, they became entertainment professionals and could reach certain fame and recognition.
Many times it is linked to the geisha with the prostitution . However, although their work may include flirting or innuendo when they attend male meetings, sexual activity is not part of their work. A geisha can agree to maintain an intimate relationship with a client, but that decision transcends the role of geisha.
Anyway, there are speculations on these issues and even regarding the sale of the virginity Of a geisha. That is why, especially in the western world, it is common to mistakenly consider that a geisha is a prostitute.
It is worth mentioning that the job The geisha not only takes place in men's meetings, but can also be held for a group of women, or even mixed.
If we focus on the history of this Japanese concept, we will notice another very curious fact, which has little to do with the idea we have of it in the West: in the beginning, most of the people who became geisha were men. This further distances us from the relationship that many make between geisha and prostitute, although to distinguish both notions just know the training multidisciplinary who receive the first as a condition to assume their role.
One of the fundamental elements of the geisha's performance is a incense which is used to measure the duration of the show: entertainment ends when it is extinguished. In the past there was a clear distinction between city geisha and the from neighborhood : Although both entertained their audience in the same way, making use of their vast artistic knowledge, the incense used by the latter lasted less, since their audience was less numerous.
The demand for geishas - and in this case we include both men and women geishas - grew as the artistic level of the courtesans declined. In the seventeenth century, courtesan customers no longer hired them because it bothered them that they were not free to travel to others districts , since they couldn't even leave their homes. This loss of interest meant the beginning of a new life for many of these women.
The reason why we currently only link women with the role of the geisha is because the number of men dedicated to this form of entertainment began to decline towards the 19th century. Over time, the Japanese themselves stopped associating the finished to men.
As for the appearance of the geisha, the look changes as the woman it grows. Usually, the geisha puts on her face with a white base , with ornaments in black and red. Traditional clothing, meanwhile, is the kimono .