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"Mandau", The Exotic Dayak Dance

"Mandau", The Exotic Dayak Dance
Kalimantan is one of the ethnic tourist destinations in Indonesia. Besides being blessed with beautiful natural scenery, the people of Kalimantan are also known to have exotic cultures. The exoticism of Kalimantan culture is reflected in traditional dance. in Central Kalimantan, for example, there is a traditional dance called Mandau dance.
"Mandau", The Exotic Dayak Dance
"Mandau", The Exotic Dayak Dance
Mandau dance is closely related to the Dayak tribe. This dance is often performed in various traditional ceremonies and grand guest welcoming ceremonies. Mandau dance is usually performed by both men and women. This dance describes the fighting spirit of Dayak soldiers in defending their homeland, and their dignity. But, many also argue that the mandate contained in Mandau dance is the strength of men in navigating life.
"Mandau", The Exotic Dayak Dance
Mandau dancers wear vest-shaped clothes made of leather, the bottom is wearing a loincloth, and is equipped with a bird-shaped head covering. Property that is mandatory in the performance of the Mandau dance is the Mandau weapon, while the other hand holds the talawang. Mandau dance is dominated by acrobatic tendencies, with flexible but powerful movements.

During the performance, the Mandau dance was accompanied by stomping and vibrant music from the drum and hanging. garantung is a traditional Dayak musical instrument that is generally made of metal. The shape of the garantung resembles Javanese gamelan. It is said that this traditional musical instrument was derived directly from khayangan as one of the means of communication to the ancestors.

the sound produced by this hanging makes the aura of the Mandau dance more felt by the audience. The audience also dissolved in the atmosphere of the spirit of the Dayak soldiers. More than just a spectacle, Mandau dance also contains theatrical elements. the combination of music, costumes, and beautiful dance moves makes the audience not tired of watching it.