The etymological root of geisha It is found in two words of the tongue Japanese: gei (which translates as “Arts”) Y sha (translatable as “person”). A geisha is a woman what in Japan, was instructed 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 trained from the childhood or adolescence. Between the 18th centuries Y XIX, a large number of Japanese women were geishas, while today the number of geishas has been reduced.
Geishas were educated in special establishments (geisha houses). There, upon arrival, they fulfilled different assignments, attended the most experienced ones and carried out cleaning tasks. Five or six years later, thanks to learning, they became entertainment professionals and could achieve a certain fame and recognition.
Geisha is often linked with the prostitution. However, although their job may include flirting or innuendo when attending male gatherings, sexual activity is not part of their job. A geisha may agree to have an intimate relationship with a client, but this decision transcends the role of geisha.
In any case, there are speculations on these issues and even regarding the sale of the virginity of a geisha. For this reason, especially in the Western world, it is common for a geisha to be mistakenly considered a prostitute.
It is worth mentioning that the job Geisha’s not only takes place in men’s gatherings, it 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 geishas were men. This takes us even further away from the relationship that many make between geisha Y prostitute, although to distinguish both notions it is enough to know the training multidisciplinary that the former receive as a condition for assuming their role.
One of the fundamental elements of the performance of the geisha is a incense which is used to measure the duration of the show: the entertainment ends when it is extinguished. In the past there was a clear distinction between city geisha and the neighborhoodAlthough 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 geisha — and in this case we include both male and female geisha — grew as the artistic level of courtesans declined. In the seventeenth century, courtesans’ clients no longer hired them because it bothered them that they were not free to travel to others. districts, since they could not even leave their houses. This loss of interest meant the beginning of a new life for many of these women.
The reason why we currently only link women to the role of the geisha is because the number of men engaged in this form of entertainment began to decline around the 19th century. In time, the Japanese themselves stopped associating the finished to men.
Regarding the appearance of geishas, the look changes as the woman it grows. Usually, the geisha makes up her face with a white base, with black and red trim. The traditional dress, meanwhile, is the kimono.