Uluwatu Temple: “Kecak & Fire Dance Under the Sunset”


Kecak is one of famous Balinese Culture Show.  Don’t say you visit Bali without enjoying Kecak & Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple, Desa Adat Pecatu at 08:00.  The show starts at 06:00 pm when the sunset began. Before getting into the area of the show, we had to pay admission and should wear sarong / scarves that can be borrowed at the entrance area. The entrance fee is around Rp 100,000 / person.

Kecak is the most unique Balinese dance which is not accompanied by any orchestra/ gamelan, but by a choir of seventy men it has its origin in an old ritual dance “Sanghyang or Trance Dance”.  In the Sahyang dance a person in a state of trance communicates with the deities or ancestors.  Using the dancers as medium, the deities or ancestors convey their wishes in the 1930’s the old Indian epic Ramayana was include into the dance.

Due to a wise prince Ayodya Rama the legal heir to the throne of Ayodya was exiled from the realm of his father Dasarata. Accompanied by his wife Sita and his young brother Laksamana they wen into a forest called Dandaka.  While they were in the forest the demon king Rahwana found them and lusted after the beautiful SIta.  Accompanied by his prime Minister Marica, they made a trick to steal Sita.  Using his magic power Marica transformed himself into golden deer.  Disguised as a golden deer they succeed in luring Rama and Laksamana away from Sita.  Rahwana making use of this opportunity, kidnapped Sita and took her to palace Alengka.  Discovering the deception Rama and Laksamana, set out to rescue Sita from the clutched of the demon King assisted by the huge army of monkeys under the command of their king (Hanoman).  Rama Succeeded in getting his wife back safely.#

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Tangkuban Perahu


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Tangkuban Perahu (spelt Tangkuban Parahu in the local Sundanese dialect) is a dormant volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It last erupted in 1826, 1829, 1842, 1846, 1896, 1910, 1926, 1929, 1952, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1983. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and buy eggs cooked on the hot surface.[2] This stratovolcano is on the island of Java and last erupted in 1983. Together with Mount Burangrang and Bukit Tunggul, those are remnants of the ancient Mount Sunda after the plinian eruption caused the Caldera to collapse.

In April 2005 the Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation raised an alert, forbidding visitors from going up the volcano. “Sensors on the slopes of the two mountains – Anak Krakatoa on the southern tip of Sumatra Island and Tangkuban Perahu in Java – picked up an increase in volcanic activity and a build up of gases, said government volcanologist Syamsul Rizal.”[3]

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Legend

The name translates roughly to “upturning of (a) boat” or “upturned boat” in Sundanese, referring to the local legend of its creation. The story tells of “Dayang Sumbi”, a beauty who lived in West Java. She cast away her son “Sangkuriang” for disobedience, and in her sadness was granted the power of eternal youth by the gods. After many years in exile, Sangkuriang decided to return to his home, long after the two had forgotten and failed to recognize each other. Sangkuriang fell in love with Dayang Sumbi and planned to marry her, only for Dayang Sumbi to recognize his birthmark just as he was about to go hunting. In order to prevent the marriage from taking place, Dayang Sumbi asked Sangkuriang to build a dam on the river Citarum and to build a large boat to cross the river, both before the sunrise. Sangkuriang meditated and summoned mythical ogre-like creatures -buto ijo or green giant(s)- to do his bidding. Dayang Sumbi saw that the tasks were almost completed and called on her workers to spread red silk cloths east of the city, to give the impression of impending sunrise. Sangkuriang was fooled, and upon believing that he had failed, kicked the dam and the unfinished boat, resulting in severe flooding and the creation of Tangkuban Perahu from the hull of the boat. (Wikipedia)

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