Aceh, thousand hands dance

Aceh, thousand hands dance

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Know the Saman Dance ( Dance One Aceh )

One interesting characteristic of Acehnese dance is that it is done in groups . Seudati heroic carried by eight men . Saman , some call it ” a thousand hands dance ” aka ” a thousand hand dance ” that rampak and dynamic usually done by ten men or ten women . Likok Pulok too, though it can also be danced eight or twelve people . Ranub Lampuan beautiful dance to glorify guests usually done by six or eight virgin Aceh . Nothing is done alone Acehnese dance solo alias .

Is it because people do not dare to dance Aceh alone ? It seems not . Because supposedly the Acehnese had great individual courage . No less than the Pramoedya admit it . ” How dare carok Madurese , Javanese if berantam like brawl , but the Acehnese had outstanding individual courage ” so approx Pram said in an interview towards the end of his life .

When the war in Aceh , Aceh began when opposition forces weak , Dutch colonial troops often ravaged Aceh fighters individually so known ” Atjehnese murder ” ( Atjeh – moord ) . The same phenomenon has appeared DOM future soldiers and various military operations in Aceh Indonesia 1980 upwards .

Another distinctive feature is the presence of a variety of dance Aceh sheikh ( leader ) and sometimes also aneuk Sych , a sort of deputy or assistant of the Shaykh . This could be something to do with kosep priests and emirs in Islam that has its own unique face in Aceh . That any group of more than one person , one person should choose a leader . If two people travel , then one of them is chosen to be the amir trip .

The concept of leadership in Islam also manifests itself clearly in the prayer in congregation is very democratic and egalitarian , which is said to be a source of inspiration Likok Pulok creator . Anyone can face God at the forefront of his behind the imam , or even become priests . Anyone can be a priest qualified to be met anyone who wants to learn and practice it . Congregation , followers of the priest , the priest had to join the movement . But if the priest reminds the congregation could forget . When the priests , sorry , fart , whoever may succeed him in the back of the priest and the priest with snediri awareness should resign . Priest needs to pilgrims . Instead , the congregation does not work without a priest . Because of this , the dance is a dance of Aceh congregation !

In some movements , as in dance and Ranub Seudati Lampuan , ” the concept of space in the form of a central – point – in – middle – circle ” often appear . Margaret Kartomi , traditional art professor archipelago from Australia wrote :

” … The central point-in – a- circle concept of space is believed to have its parallels in Perso – Arabic thinking and points to Aceh ‘s links with Persian , Moghul , Turkish , and Arabic cultures over the past millennium . It governs mosque – centered town planning , some visual art designs and some formations of dancers and musicians who circle around their leader at the center point . ” ( Kartomi 2004)

Not wrong if we say that the dance of Aceh is one form of civilization Aceh . How Aceh saw itself in the middle of the Persian civilization , Moghul , Turkish , and Arabic is seen in the concept of Acehnese dance halls . Manifests also in village planning and city where the mosque is the center point , both physically and mentally .

Sheikhs , emirs , or priest determines the dynamic movement and dance in unison congregation . Forward together , retreat , sitting , cross-legged like the Saman ; prancing , even ran excitedly as in Seudati . Graceful and tender as in Ranub Lampuan . Assisted aneuk sheikh , sheikh determine a rhythm , emotion , and movement of the dancers .

Cooperation and mutual trust between the sheikh with the dancers is a necessity . There is no dance Aceh without cooperation and mutual trust . Dance loss of beauty and charm . Try to imagine the hands , body , head clashing in the middle of unison movement agility Saman Dance ! Taripun dispersed . Taripun lose its existence !

Like the dance of Aceh , the Acehnese could go ahead and dazzle if he congregation . The disadvantage , each congregation is very susceptible to ” whisper syeitan ” . If one dancer treacherous because of personal interest or contact with the outside dance of seduction – and this is very easy in a world that ‘s increasingly hedonistic , it corrupted the whole dance . Dancers could be affected or purchased . If one bought , perforated rows of worshipers . If the rows are rarely demon can pass !

Like the dance of Aceh , the Acehnese can move forward and be happy if it was the priest sheikh knowledgeable , assertive , but also democratic and open . Many Acehnese still suffer to this day because of Aceh had long lost their leader who can lead the people forward motion . Saman Dance like no sheikh or Likok Pulok .

During this time , the leader of the Aceh also much forgetful . It is the duty of the people who know to remind him , such as the obligation to remind the priest who forgot congregation in prayer congregation . So that pilgrims do not have to disband ; remain rampak dance so fascinating .


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