Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands ~ Kecak Dance in Bali

Kecak Dance in Bali

The Kecak (Ramayana Monkey Chant) is performed by 100+ bare-chested men with checked cloths tied around their waists. The men line up in concentric circles around a fire as they sway, throw their arms up, wave their hands, lay prone and even create the illusion of a giant snake as the story progresses. This performance does not use any music except for the cacophony of synchronized chanting, “Ke, cak, cak, cak”. The backdrop of the dance we saw was an ancient temple and the central fire was the only lighting for the stage. As the story unfolds the rhythmic chanting sets a trance-like atmosphere as the audience sits transfixed watching the swaying of hands in the firelight. Pure Magic!

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2 Comments

  1. Ellen Thomas said,

    June 7, 2012 at 6:14 am

    “Hands down” an awesome photo, Ann! Love it, and I am SO impressed with your blog! I need some lessons!
    Love,
    Ellen

    • globalanni said,

      June 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Yours is great too! I loved it!


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