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The Kecak dance, (pronounced "Ketchak"), is perhaps the most stunning of all the Balinese dances despite its comparative simplicity. Up to one hundred or more men, bare from the waist up, from a living backdrop and simultaneous orchestration for the on action of an episode from the Ramayana. The name of the dance is derived from the "chak-chak" sounds that emanate in syncopated rhythm from the male chorus, a tradition derived from the "singing in" of the spirits in the ritual Sanghyang trance ceremony. A choreography based upon (the coordination of movements of the head, arms and upper body of this group of men, seated on the ground in a circular pattern, transform the entire stage into a swaying, living, flower-like configuration. In the midst of this melee, the dancers enacting the story sway and leap by torchlight, whilst a story teller chants the story enacted. Regular performances of the Kecak dance are held in the village in the evenings, and the opportunity to witness this unique dance should not be missed.

Taken with a non digital camera at night, this is Hanuman, the monkey king from Ubud,Bali in indonesia during the kecak dance. This ceremony last over 3 hours, lots of other pictures were taken, but this was my best shot so far. More pictures to come later on... stayed there for 1 week, a real paradise insland outside tourist attractions.

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