Kuda Lumping: The Magical Dance

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A traditional Javanese dance depicting a group of horsemen. Dancers “ride” horses made from woven bamboo and decorated with colorful paints and cloth, the performance also incorporates trances.

When the “trance” dancer is performing the dance in trance conditions, he can display unusual abilities, such as eating glass and resistance to the effects of whipping or hot coals.

Dancers are usually men, but there are female groups too. They wear special traditional clothes. Groups vary from 2 to 8 members. Other dancer or shaman then guides them with a whip.

There are no written historical records to explain the exact origin of the dance, is seems that it has been passed dawn from one generation to next. But it known to be originated from Java.

 

Source: The Journey Magz

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