06 Apr, 2017

SANGHYANG DEDARI cut by Tony GWilliam

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Published on Apr 22, 2013

Sanghyang Dedari
This sacred dance is used to ward off the pestilence or plague which swept Bali when the fanged demon living on the little island of Nusa Penida comes to Bali. Dancers are chosen from all the pre-pubescent girls of the village for their psychic aptitudes by the temple priest, to receive the spirit of heavenly nymphs, Dedari Supraba and Tunjung Biru (Blue Lotus). At the death temple, the Sanghyang Dedari dancers kneel before a brazier of smoking incense in front of the altar. The girls rock back and forth in a trance until they fall. Then the Sanghyangs are carried to another temple or tour the village to ward off the pestilence.
The temperamental Sanghyangs may suddenly decide that the dance is over. Then they must be taken out of trance with more songs and offerings.
Sanghyang is a sacred Balinese dance, based on the idea that a force enters the body of an entranced performer. The force, identified as hyang, is important spiritual entities in ancient Indonesian mythology.

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