Rejang Asak Dance.
Asak Village, located in Karangasem Regency, Bali, is one of several villages in Bali Aga (early Bali or old Bali) whose inhabitants are still adamant about maintaining cultural and religious rituals. The rituals that are carried out are closely related to the life and life of the people of Asak Village; farming and weaving. Some of these rituals are only performed exclusively in Asak while others – although they are also practiced in various places – appear with a strong Asak Village character as a result of hundreds of years of consistent practice.
One of the rituals that are still routinely carried out in Asak is the Rejang Asak. Rejang is a dance offering to worship the Gods, which can only be danced by women who are old and unmarried. Besides, most importantly, only local country girls were allowed to dance the rejang.
Even though the people of Asak Village are not the only ones who carry out the rejang ritual, there is one thing that makes Rejang Asak unique; typical costume.
To participate in Rejang Asak,
each family may only send one girl as representative. Because being a rejang dancer is considered a proud task and involves family honor, the Rejang Asak costume is always seriously prepared by the dancer's family. It takes one to two days for
prepare clothes and other equipment; arranging jepun flowers (frangipani flowers), attaching ornaments inherited from ancestors – accessories that will make the costumes of each dancer distinctive and lively.
This dance is usually danced every 6 months, to be precise on Paing Kuningan day.
Sources: kaskus traveler and @oshwinmg
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