Uluwatu Temple With Kecak Dance
Uluwatu Temple one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillar, its famous for its attractive location, on top of a cliff approx. 70 meters above sea level.This temple is must visit because of spectacular cliff-top setting at the edge of a plateau 250 feet above the waves of an Indian Ocean. In Balinese, Ulu means “top” and watu means “stone”. Behind the main monument in one of the courtyards of Uluwatu temple lies a Brahmin statue facing the ocean, which is considered to be a representation of Dhang Hyang Dwijendra. There are 3 statues inside, one of them depicting Brahma. There are 2 stones troughs in the temple area, if both of them were joined they would form a Megalithic coffin. Right below the cliff Uluwatu beach, is one of Bali’s best internationally known surfing spots.
Kecak, known in Indonesia as Terry Kekak, is a form of Bali Hindu dance and music drama that was developed in Bali, Indonesia in 1930. Since its creation, it has been predominantly by men, with the very first women's kecak group starting in 2006. The dance is based on the Ramayana story and is traditionally performed in temples and villages in Bali.
Also known as chanting the Ramayana monkey, the dance is performed by around 150 performers wearing clothes checked around their waists, chanting loudly on ""chalk"" and shaking their hands and hands. The performance depicts a battle of the Ramayana, in which monkeys such as monkeys, led by Hanuman, help Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has its roots in Sanghang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.
Kecak dances are usually performed by about fifty to one hundred men who wear only loins; His upper body is left bare. They form thick circles, in the middle of which there is a traditional Bali coconut oil lamp. First, they move their bodies rhythmically to the left and right, with a slow and consistent pronunciation of the words ""slow chuck-chalk-k-chuck"". Gradually the pace of the rhythm increases and they lift their hands trembling in the air. Kike dances are performed for dance-plays and the story presented is taken from the Ramayana Hindu epic. The defenders of the bare-chested male kike played the role of Rama's army of vanaras (vanaras) and the armies (giants) of Ravana's soldiers.
The performance period is around an hour. The story of the Ramayana is depicted, beginning with the exile of Sita and Rama in the forest of Dandaka. The performance ends with the golden deer, the abduction of Sita by Ravana, the war between Ravana and Jatayu, the discovery of Sita by Hanuman, and the battle between Rama and Ravana. Keechak recites the mantra and sings according to the mood and mood of the story.
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