Indonesia: Kecak dance in Uluwatu temple

July 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Kecak is a form of Balinese dance and music drama that developed in the 1930s in Bali.

Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of 150 or more performers wearing checked cloth around their waists and flowers behind their ears, percussively chanting “cak” and throwing up their arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. The monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.

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