The whip

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© Richard Seah
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UploadedJanuary 25, 2009
TakenJanuary 25, 2009
MakeFujifilm
ModelFinePix S5Pro
Exposure1/160 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length75 mm
ISO800
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Those who hold the whip seem to be in charge of the entire event.

They whip the dancers - quite hard, making a loud cracking sound - on the back. It is hard to see if the whip actually touches the dancer. I think it does.

Finally, they whip another time, gently, on the side and send the dancer off.

They also feed the dancers - with fruits, egg, leaves... even grass and glass!

It is said that those who hold the whip are the ones who invoke the spirits that seem to possess the dancers.

Part of my photo essay: Dance of the horse spirit.

Singapore. January 2009.

In the Dance of the horse spirit photo essay.

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  • Steve Gubin

    Steve Gubin said (25 Jan 2009):

    Intriguing shot...a whip demonstration of some kind. I like the intensity on the man's face.

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (25 Jan 2009):

    Great series Richard!!!

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