The Kecak Dance

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Kecak Dance

The Kecak Dance, also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, is an absolutely must-see performing for visitors to Bali. This unique dance is performed by a hundred or more men using their voices as percussive musial instruments. The men sit in a circle just in front of the audience. They sway, stand up, or lie prone as the story develops.

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The men who chant wear checked cloth around their waists, leave their chests bare, throw their arms upwards with fingers outstretched to the sky. This gesture drives out evil.Some of men become actors in the drama being unfolded by the dancers who enter the stage and shows a battle from the Ramayana.

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As the performers chant, dancers stage a battle in which the monkey king, Sugriwa and his army of monkeys help Prince Rama fight the evil King Rahwana. Kecak has its origins in sanghyang, an exorcism dance…

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