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(Taksu: Never Ending Art Creativity)


The sound of
gamelan melodies flashing

From morning
to night non stop

the dancer's movements

shuffling, stepping, poising...

(Taksu: Never Ending Art Creativity)

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Wherever you go in Bali, the air is full of gamelan music. People play gamelan at the temples when the calenderacally ceremonies being held, at the village halls, on the streets when the ceremony procession goes to a temple or cemetary. Sometimes gamelan is also played to greet  high ranking government officials who come to visit.  

     The gamelan orchestra usually (if not, always) accompanied by dancers. For temple ceremony purposes they usually belong to different generations.  Late age and not having a formal training is not a constraint. During temple ceremonies you may see ladies in their 80's dance gracefully. You may also see a little girl dances with her mouth opens because her mother puts to much lipstick on her lips. Boys and girls, men and women, they all dance. Not all of them go through a formal training before being able to dance publicly. They  just do that. But, why do they dance? 

     When we are talking about offering, what comes to our mind is flowers, fruits, cakes, etc. For the Balinese a dance is another kind of offering too. The main purpose of dancing is as an offering for the God and deities, not as a performance for public.

     At a temple ceremony, to greet the gods a group of dancers (mostly women) circle the central shrines three times. While dancing in simple movements but very grace and intense, they carry some ceremonial objects, such as holy water, fire, some pieces of cloth in different colors, etc. The dancers move slowly in clockwise direction that symbolizes ascent of the sacred mountain. The gamelan group accompanies the dancers and others sing prayers.    

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