Anak Balam dance adopted from traditional medical rituals in Pesisir Selatan Regency, W Sumatra will be performed to enliven the finish of the 2019 Tour de Singkarak (TdS) race stage VIII in the local area.
"Stage VIII TDS is held on November 9, 2019 from Sungai Penuh City, Jambi and finished in Painan, at the finish location, the legendary Anak Balam dance will be displayed as entertainment," said Head of Tourism, Youth and Sports Office of Pesisir Selatan, Hadi Susilo in Painan , on Wednesday.
Anak Balam dance, will be performed by art galleries from the local area, besides that on this occasion also will be presented a number of traditional comestible.
At present, according to him, the rituals of Anak Balam traditional medicine have been difficult to find but in a number of areas there are still some people who practice such as in Sutera and Lengayang Districts.
"Treatment with the rituals of Anak Balam is quite mystical, in the process the power of poetry or mantras and music play an important role," he said.
He explained the name Anak Balam came from the name of the Perkutut Bird, which was familiarly called the Balam bird by the local residents, because the baby bird was always two, so in the actual ritual the number of dancers was also even.
They will dance to the rhythm produced by rabab or violin which is a traditional stringed instrument that is played on that occasion, while reciting rhymes rhythmically.
At a certain time when dancers play their roles, three of them will be fainted, while the other one is possessed and acts as a shaman who will treat his friends.
He added the Anak Balam ritual had been registered by the Directorate of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture in 2019 registration number 201900834.
In addition to being a finishing location in TdS 2019, Pesisir Selatan Regency is also the location of Star stage IX from the local area to Padang City which will be held on November 10, 2019.
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Translated by: Mutiara Ramadhani - Internship Student of ANTARA 2019