Rejang Dance from Bungaya

Alimin (1932 – 2004; Solok, West Sumatra)
Rejang Dance from Bungaya (Rejang dari Bungaya), 1974
Oil on canvas, 130×200 cm

“The rejang is a ceremonial dance performed by young women in honor of the visiting deities. Most villages have their own versions which are not formally learne but imitated since the movements tend to be fairly simple and repetitive. The costume tends to be rather uniform but quite elaborate and shows of the beauty of the dancers. In the mountain village of Bungaya in Karangasen, East Bali, unmarrie girls hold each other’s yellow sashes to form a huge open circle. Their elaborate circular hairdresses and other body cloths are cimilar, but their inner skirts are of different colors and patterns.”

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