Bali Uluwatu Temple is indeed well-known for amazing sunset viewing point. Not only that, at the temple is staged one of amazing traditional performance, Kecak and Fire Dance.
Do you know about the dance? It is a dance which narrated the story of Rama (a prince of Ayodhya Kingdom) to salvage Sita (his wife) who is kidnapped by Rahwana, an evil giant king of Alengka Kingdom.
Story of Kecak Dance at Uluwatu Temple
The Kecak Dance was a creation by Wayan Limbak on 1930. He had popularized the dance abroad with Walter Spies, a painter from Germany.
For name, the word of Kecak comes from shouts “Cak! Cak! Cak!” by male dancers.
The dance is unique and different because it is only accompanied the rattles sounds which are tied to feet of dancers, not instrument as others dance.
The Figures in Kecak Dance
The dance is usually staged by a group of 70 dancers which divide into some characters, such as:
- Rama (the main character)
- Sita, a Rama’s wife
- Laksamana, a Rama’s younger brother
- Jatayu, a Rama’s friend in form of Garuda Bird
- Hanuman, a commander of the Wanara (Monkey Trooper).
- Rahwana, an giant king who kidnap Sita
Others will be a group where they will sit in a circle while shouting “Cak! Cak! Cak” as accompanying the dance.
They usually wear traditional attribute in combination among of red, white, and black.
Meanwhile, perhaps you want to know more detail for scenes of the dance, find out it on synopsis of Kecak Dance.