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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Balinese Kecap Dance & Cultural Authenticity

Kecap - Balinese Monkey Chant Dance:
 

Amazing. Seen it before in Bali but seeing it on youtube is extraordinary nevertheless.

 

Someone commented that it is an invention in the 1920s/30s by Westerners. 

 

My response is:

真假假.假假真真.真亦假来.假亦真.What's real and what's false? The current version of the Hula Dance of Hawaii was invented too but it has since become a key identity of Hawaiian culture and tourism worldwide. The same goes for Kecak. The invented becomes real, and with time, it even becomes authentic.

 

 

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