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A bélé is a folk dance and music from Martinique, Dominica, Saint Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago. It may be the oldest Creole dance from Dominica, and it strongly reflects influences from African fertility dances. It is performed most commonly during full moon evenings, or sometimes during funeral wakes ( Antillean Creole: lavèyé). The dance is also popular in Saint Lucia. In Trinidad, it is thought to have been performed by women at social events in the planters' great houses, and the dress and dance style copied by the slaves who worked in or around these houses 1.

The term bélé also refers to a kind of drum found on Dominica, Martinique and Saint Lucia.


Bele may refer to:

  • Bele language
  • Bele, Saint-Louis-du-Sud, Haiti, a village in the Aquin arrondissement of Haiti
  • Jean Marie Okwo Bele (born 1957), Congolese physician
  • Bele, a half-white, half-black character in " Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", an episode of Star Trek
  • In the cult of Thuggee, a place for murdering travelers

Usage examples of "bele".

Bele then spoke again to his sons, and bade them erect his howe, or funeral mound, within sight of that of Thorsten, that their spirits might commune, and not be sundered even in death.

Kaj la letero estas tiel varme kaj bele kaj tiel kore skribita, mi certigas al vi.

Bele, in the dark, had pressed on through queer passages and ascending trails to a place somewhere on the steamy flanks of Sango Lobango, that huge and ragged, snow and jungle covered mountain of the Devil Bush whose native name meant the Father of Lies.

When Bele and his sort have been killing Leopards for a thousand years!

And minstrels and skalds, in procession long, With hero-song To the sons of King Bele proceeded.

And Bele, the so-called god of the blood-drinkers, braked his charge and pivoted on his horned feet.

Kwa flung himself flat on Bele and started to throw loop after loop about his head and shoulders-four, five-while Bele in his confusion heaved and struggled like a harpooned whale.

The great hand of the Beast Man was now almost between his shoulder blades, and there Kwa held it-held it even when Bele once more surged and rolled.

He felt as if he had-a nest of hot coals in his thighs-there where Bele had prodded and torn at his flesh.

In spite of those great horned feet of his, Bele traveled as silently as any leopard could have traveled.

This reminded Bele of past banquets, and he began to take close notice of the air.

The pain of that was so great that Bele would have bitten Kwa just then, but gorillas and elephants had held him.

Not even if they had been Ovengua, in fact as well as in the seeming, could Bele and his Sapadi band have been more silent, more cunning in the ways of darkness.

So Bele, dead, had been forced to keep that lying promise of his, after all.

But believe me, my friends, there can be no moment when I can have my guard down where such as Bele are present.