The Seudati Dance

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UploadedJune 25, 2008
TakenApril 12, 2008
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Exposure1/25 sec at f/4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length24 mm
ISO800
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The "Seudati" dance existed in pre-Islamic times, but became a way to spread Islamic value to the Achehnese people. The name can de derived from the "syahadatain" which means confession of faith by saying " Kalimah Syahadat". "Seudati" is performed by 6 male dancers commanded by a leader ("syeikh") and his assistant ("apet syeikh") . Two narattors read a poem. It is danced in standing position and starts with "saleum" (salam). Only stepping feet, snapping fingers and beating of chests accompany the movements.

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  • Kathee Brown

    Kathee Brown gave props (7 Jul 2008):

    What an amazing story. Beautiful picture.

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (24 Jul 2008):

    especially like the action captured in this one and your contrast

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