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Balinese Kecak Dance

 

One of the main aspects to Balinese culture is dance, The Kecak Dance is an especially unique and possibly the most dramatic of all Balinese dances. It is a combination of dance and drama, the Kecak dance depicts the Hindu epic, “Ramayana,” that tells the story of Prince Rama, who with the help of the monkey-like Vanara defeats the evil King Ravana to rescue his Princess Sita. Kecak also has roots in Sanghyang, a sacred ritual based on the idea that during the performance, hyangs, or spiritual entities will enter and possess the bodies of the dancers.



Kecak Dance is always performed just before sunset.  As the drama unfolds, the scene is cast in the last rays of the sun when its orb slowly disappears behind the glowing horizon of the sea. The story continues into the darkness of nightfall as only the light thrown from the flames of torches casting long shadows dramatically lights dancers.

Handy Tips : The dance always begins at sunset and it is held and the breathtaking place of Uluwatu Temple ( dance is subject to weather conditions ), you can enjoy watching the dance with the beautiful sunset background and head off to beautiful Jimbaran Bay for a seafood dinner see Love Bali’s Tours for more information.

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