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This is the prelude to the climax for each kudakepang dancer.
The dancer is first invited by one of the "leaders" of the ritual, to a tray of incense on the ground.
As they establish contact, the dancer makes elaborate gestures with the hands, as if in prayer.
Then the leader holds the head of the dancer and appears to speak (or blow?) into the ear of the dancer... and the dancer fall unconscious with the leader holding the dancer's back shoulders to cushion the fall.
A ritual to revive the dancer follows...
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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