Posts tagged Aceh
Aceh is an autonomous territory of Indonesia, located on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra. In this region Islam was first established in Southeast Asia. Aceh is one of those Islamic communities in this region who grew to become one great kingdom. Islam came to Aceh as early as the ninth [...]
UNESCO is set to officially list the Saman Dance from Aceh as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November. “The Saman Dance will be announced as intangible world cultural heritage by UNESCO on November 19, 2011, ”I Gde Pitana, Indonesian Culture and Tourism Ministry cultural and tourism [...]
Saman Dance or Dance of Thousand Hands is one those fascinating dances from Indonesia. It is originated from Aceh province, or Gayo regency (in the highland of Gayo) to be exact. In its original form, the dancers beside dancing they also sing the poem, and provide rhythm by finger snapping, hand clapping and chest or thigh beating. Dance's moves consisted of moving hands, arms, legs and torsos with quick and well-coordinated team work, these movements increasing in speed along the way.