The Sacred Sanghyang Jaran Dance

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These photo scenes have been captured during Bali Art Festival XXXI (Pesta Kesenian Bali ke-31, 2009), performed by a group from Tusan village, Banjarangkan – Klungkung.

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Sanghyang Jaran dance is a kind of trance dance in which the entranced dancers imitate the movement of soldier on horseback. It is said that in Sanghyang Jaran dance, the dancers are possessed by ancestral deity, a Gandarwa (celestial soldier) on horseback. The dancers for this sacred dance are usually the Pemangku (temple priest) or a group of chosen men, that are put into trance with wafted of incense and chorus of Sanghyang song. In the state of trance the dancer fall, convulsed to the ground and rush to grab hobby horses. During the pre-trance chanting, coconut shells have been lit, leaving red hot coals.

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    Gena
    December 4, 2015 at 5:25 am

    This has made my day. I wish all potngsis were this good.

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