Tradition ~ Dikir Barat

by Asiamack April. 01, 2013 588 views

Here are some shots of local Kelantan traditional past times that I managed to shoot during the short holiday break with my family.
* Sitting cross legged performing beautifully choreographed hands movement while singing local lores ~ it's an art known as ‘dikir barat’. The lead singer or maybe jester stands handsomely in traditional Malay costume.
* A performer of traditional ‘makyong’ in ornately beautiful costume shares the same stage but not a part of dikir barat.
* Two masters of traditonal art of self defense ‘silat’ performing the art with its local silat musicians in the background.

Note their hands dance movement. Their lead singer dresses more ornately.

They were said to have at least several hundreds of hand dances movements to accompany their every songs of dikir.

A performer of the art Makyong.

Silat is an art of Malay self defence and attack. Almost all countries in the southeast asian region have their own version of silats.

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Marilutz 6 years, 10 months ago

The actions and costumes look very familiar. We have a Kadayawan (harvest) Festival in our city every August and 10 ethnic groups (indigenous people) that originally reside in the city usually join and present their ethnic dances. This one seems one of them. :)

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Miclaud 6 years, 11 months ago

I like traditions, dance and arts overall!

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Dannii L 6 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for sharing this interesting tradition.

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Yokai - 6 years, 11 months ago

I enjoyed these interesting images. Thanks for sharing !

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Art Bee 6 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for sharing this extraordinary art form. The costumes alone are amazing. It must be very exciting to watch them perform. Excellent Photo journal Mack!

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Anggrekfoto 6 years, 11 months ago

Rangkaian yang sangat bagus sekali.

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Dunja 6 years, 11 months ago

Great ceremonies full of beauty and tradition!

6 years, 11 months ago Edited