I remember when I first moved to the US and started to hang out with some local belly dancers, I seriously thought there was something mentally wrong with them or may be I was missing the "Goddess" gene! Everywhere, I heard the word goddess used to describe themselves and I was called a goddess many times. I just said nothing ... I was new to this culture after all but I was not new to the dance, a dance which I felt was part of my culture yet I had to learn something new about it from the US?
It was strange but soon I realized that this is some sort of "feel good" word used by those who need to feel extra special for doing a "mysterious" dance. It's not that mysterious or womanly ... etc. I don't see as any different from any other dance form. But what's all the talk about "goddess" all about?