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Jakarta Post

Manifesting strength and love

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 5 2013   /  11:41 am

Prepared: Caci dancers ready to fight in a traditional war dance of West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara.Apart from the famed Komodo dragons on the islands of Komodo and Rinca, West Manggarai in East Nusa Tenggara also has the traditional caci dance, with Japanese samurai-like masks, rattan whips and shields.  

The caci war dance features two masked male dancers who fight with whips and shields. Caci comes from the word ca, meaning one, and ci, meaning trial, thus implying one pitted against another to prove who is right and powerful.Ornate: Caci dancers wear traditional dress, including small bells

It was a foggy, chilly, drizzly day when a number of community figures welcomed a group from the Indonesian Tourism Service Association in Liang Ndara, Mbeliling district, recently. “We are happy and honored to have you visit,” said dance studio chairman Riang Tana Tiwa a...