Posted by: iqbibal | October 18, 2009

Saman Dance

Saman Dance

Saman Dance

“Saman” the most popular dance in Aceh and the dance that has become well-known abroad with the name “Thousand hands”. It has its origin from the Alas ethnic group and is normally performed to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. and other important occasions. Eight to twenty male performers kneel in a row on the floor and make different kinds of torso movements accompanied by songs, clapping hands, slapping chests, slapping hands on the floor, etc. The songs are praises to Allah or prayers. The dance starts with slow movements and increases its tempo gradually to great speed and finally come to a sudden stop. There are many different regional versions of “Saman”
Meuseukat”Meusekat” is almost the same as “Saman”. The only difference is that “Meusekat” is performed by women and originates in west and south Aceh.

SOURCE : http://www.aceh.net


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