The 5 Dances Of Flores

The 5 Dances Of Flores

When you’re visiting Flores, it is imperative to immerse yourself in the island’s rich and unique culture. Going to a land where centuries-old rituals and traditions are still practised today would mean a sad waste if missed.

Dance is a huge part of the Florenese culture. Aside from welcoming visitors to the village, sacred dance rituals are performed during ceremonies both large and small. It is also a way to honour the ancestors, spirits and God and is seen as a form of presentation and as an art form.

While you’re in Manggarai next, do try your best to witness the following dance performances in action:

Ronda Dance

Usually performed to welcome guests. It is also said that this dance will cast out evil or bad spirits that are following the guests from whence they come, and to warn these spirits to stay away from the celebration area.

Caci – A Traditional Whip Fight

Caci is a ritual whip fighting performance, a major element in the lives of the Manggaraian people and their cultural identity. Due to the fact that it is so unique, it is a real spectacle to behold and therefore, a truly authentic tourist attraction for both local and foreign visitors. Participants are exclusively two males from different villages and spectators for both parties will come to watch the fight and cheer for their favourite which makes it a lively event.

More on Caci Dance here.

Teba Meka Dance

Performed at the Tour de Flores official opening ceremony, this dance was specially choreographed for this significant annual event. A Priest is also present to chant prayers and appease the ancestors as to ensure that no harm would come to the Tour de Flores participants.

Cekeng Weri Dance

This dance is unique, as it mimics the movements of planting rice or corn and other farming activities. Farming is a huge part of Flores’s economy and is the main source of income for the local people, therefore, the dance holds great significance to those involved. Planting season in Flores is usually between September and October during the rainy season.

Sanggu Alu

Also known as the Tari Tongkat, the Sanggu Alu dance, when literally translated means, Walking Stick Dance. This dance is a form of celebration for a season of great farming and good harvest. The Sanggu Alu or the Rangkuk Alu dance originated from a traditional game where participants would jump in between the moving bamboo sticks while performing a dance and singing.

Read more on the Sanggu Alu dance here.

This post was inspired by a Jakarta Post article.

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