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Beach festival presents traditional dances of Flores' Nagekeo

Markus Makur

The Jakarta Post

Nagekeo, East Nusa Tenggara  /  Sun, March 10, 2019  /  03:02 pm
  • The 'jai' dance symbolizes inter-religion tolerance, performed at Enagera Beach Festival in Mauponggo, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara.

    The 'jai' dance symbolizes inter-religion tolerance, performed at Enagera Beach Festival in Mauponggo, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. OF JP/Markus Makur

    The 'jai' dance symbolizes inter-religion tolerance, performed at Enagera Beach Festival in Mauponggo, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara.

  • The 'etu' dance is usually performed by two warriors.

    The 'etu' dance is usually performed by two warriors. OF JP/Markus Makur

    The 'etu' dance is usually performed by two warriors.

  • Musicians perform 'ndoto', traditional bamboo music.

    Musicians perform 'ndoto', traditional bamboo music. OF JP/Markus Makur

    Musicians perform 'ndoto', traditional bamboo music.

  • The 'todagu' dance performed on stage.

    The 'todagu' dance performed on stage. OF JP/Markus Makur

    The 'todagu' dance performed on stage.

  • 'Todagu' is a form of victory dance, presented to men who come home from wars.

    'Todagu' is a form of victory dance, presented to men who come home from wars. OF JP/Markus Makur

    'Todagu' is a form of victory dance, presented to men who come home from wars.

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Nagekeo district in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, is where bamboo music and traditional dances thrive. In an effort to conserve the cultural heritage, the Mauponggo Youth event organizer of Nagekeo held the first Enagera Beach Festival.

Located on Sawu Hill in Mauponggo district, the event ran from Feb. 26 to March 5.  Around 10 dances were presented at the festival, performed by local residents as well students from all over Nagekeo.

Among the dances were todago, a victory dance for men who come home from war; dero which symbolizes brotherhood and tolerance; ja’i, which celebrates inter-religion and inter-tribe tolerance; and sepa api, a trademark dance of Pautola village performed while stepping on fire.

Lodofikus Raga Muja, head of Mauponggo Youth EO, said to The Jakarta Post that the festival aimed to promote cultures and tourism objects in Mauponggo.      

Read also: Religious harmony thrives in Flores' Puncak Liur

Nagekeo Deputy Regent Marianus Waja said millennials must be encouraged to create and be involved in developing the area. “The festival is proof that the young generation is capable of making such an event,” he said.

He added that the festival should be held annually, with the support of the government.

Nagekeo Regent Yohanes Don Bosco Do also encouraged the youth, saying they should never give up. “Keep creating and innovating to spread the beauty of Nagekeo’s nature and culture,” he said. (wng)

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