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Aceh’s Saman dance breaks MURI record

  • Alimudin, a Saman dance teacher, prepares to lead 12,262 dancers in a mass Saman dance performance in Blangkejeren, Gayo Lues, Aceh, on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Alimudin, a Saman dance teacher, prepares to lead 12,262 dancers in a mass Saman dance performance in Blangkejeren, Gayo Lues, Aceh, on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Alimudin ties a yellow handkerchief on his left wrist before performing in the mass dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Alimudin ties a yellow handkerchief on his left wrist before performing in the mass dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Alimudin puts on a headband prior to the performance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Alimudin puts on a headband prior to the performance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Alimudin checks his appearance before the mass dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Alimudin checks his appearance before the mass dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Saman dancers ride an overloaded minibus to the stadium in Gayo Lues. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Saman dancers ride an overloaded minibus to the stadium in Gayo Lues. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Saman dancers travel in an overloaded pickup to Blangkejeren stadium, where they will participate in the mass dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Saman dancers travel in an overloaded pickup to Blangkejeren stadium, where they will participate in the mass dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Dancers march while singing and clapping prior to the mass dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Dancers march while singing and clapping prior to the mass dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Saman dancers sit while waiting to perform the traditional dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Saman dancers sit while waiting to perform the traditional dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • A total of 12,262 Saman dancers gather at Blangkejeren stadium to create a new mass dance record with the Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI). JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    A total of 12,262 Saman dancers gather at Blangkejeren stadium to create a new mass dance record with the Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI). JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Rows of men perform the Saman dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Rows of men perform the Saman dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Rows of men slap their chests as part of the Saman dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Rows of men slap their chests as part of the Saman dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • A total of 12,262 dancers perform the Saman dance at Blangkejeren stadium. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    A total of 12,262 dancers perform the Saman dance at Blangkejeren stadium. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Male dancers stand in the middle of the stadium while female dancers, who perform the Bines dance and wear similar attire, stand on the side. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Male dancers stand in the middle of the stadium while female dancers, who perform the Bines dance and wear similar attire, stand on the side. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Male dancers perform the Saman dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Male dancers perform the Saman dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Male dancers are seen from above while performing the Saman dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Male dancers are seen from above while performing the Saman dance. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

  • Saman dancers perform in unison, although several still make mistakes. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak]

    Saman dancers perform in unison, although several still make mistakes. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak]

  •  Female dancers – who perform the Bines dance, a traditional dance from Gayo, Aceh –take a selfie during the event. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak

    Female dancers – who perform the Bines dance, a traditional dance from Gayo, Aceh –take a selfie during the event. JP/Hotli Simanjuntak