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Jakarta Post

Teenagers take on 'Toga' tradition

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 4 2008   /  10:06 am

TOGA DANCE: The Toga dance is performed in the yard of the ancient Siguntur Kingdom in Dharmasraya in West Sumatra. (JP/Syofiardi Bachyul Jb) It was almost dusk in the subdistrict of Siguntur, on the banks of Sumatra. In the gardens of the Siguntur Palace, a traditional Minangkabau building with pointed roofs, the king sat on his throne. He gazed straight ahead with authority, a staff in his right hand. The king was flanked by two warriors dressed in red, wielding old, long swords that had long since lost their luster. Four women readied their traditional musical instruments. One of them stood between two big hanging gongs, in each fist a baton so she could strike them in turn. The other three each sat behind smaller gongs that were arranged in different notes. Four young female dancers entered, each with a thin red stole in her hand, forming two lin...