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Tari Pendet original dance from Bali

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Tari Pendet. Image: indonesiakaya.com
Bali is unique because of the art, culture, people, religion, custom, temple, houses, landscape and other aspects. You must go to Bali to learn and feel a real Bali. One of the Balinese arts is Pendet Dance.


Traditional Balinese dances are the oldest form of performing arts in Bali. Traditional dances can be divided into two types, sacred dance called Wali and entertainment dance called Bebalihan.

Tari Pendet or Pendet dance is the presentation of an offering in the form of a ritual dance. Unlike the exhibition dances that demand arduous training, Pendet may be danced by everyone: male and female pemangkus, women and girls of the village. It is taught simply by imitation and is seldom practiced in the banjars. Younger girls follow the movements of the elder women who recognize their responsibility in setting a good example. As a religious dance, Pendet is usually performed during temple ceremonies.




All dancers carry in their right hand a small offering of incense, cakes, water vessels, or flower formations. With these they dance from shrine to shrine within the temple. Pendet may be performed intermittently throughout the day and late into the night during temple feasts.
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Pendet is a real traditional Balinese dance, in which offerings are made to purify the temple or theatre as a prelude to ceremonies or other dances. Pendet is typically performed by young girls, carrying bowls of flower petals, handfuls of which are cast into the air at various times in the dance.

Pendet can be thought of as a dance of greeting, to welcome the audience and invite spirits to enjoy a performance.
Pendet is the presentation of an offering in the form of a ritual dance. Unlike the exhibition dances that demand arduous training, Pendet may be danced by anyone. It is taught simply by imitation.

The original Pendet dance is performed by 4-5 young girls (before their puberty) in temple yards. Pendet dancers bring flowers in small Bokor (silver bowls for keeping flowers in a ceremony). They spread the flowers around the temple. This dance is a symbol of welcoming God in some ritual ceremonies in Bali.

Pendet actually has simple dance movements. These movements are the basic dance movements of Balinese dance. Pendet has undergone later development with variations and now is not only performed in ritual ceremonies but also in some social events. Pendet since has been known as a welcoming dance.


Pendet is the presentation of an offering in the form of a ritual dance. Unlike the exhibition dances that demand arduous training, Pendet may be danced by anyone. It is taught simply by imitation.


Pendet Dance with Petronas Tower (Kuala Lumpur) background.

Several years a go Malaysia use Pendet Dance from Bali to promote their tourism. Malaysia also use other Indonesian dance and Indonesian heritage to promote Malaysian tourism. If you want to see the original Pendet Dance or other Indonesian art such as Keris, Batik, Reog Dance etc, you must go to Bali/ Indonesia. You also will enjoy many kind of art and culture activities, beautiful landscape, friendly people, fantastic night life, great adventure, yoga, spa, and many more. See you in Bali, the last paradise on earth.

5 comments:

Wedding in Bali said...

Bravo Bali, Indonesia, malaysia is plagiat

nando said...

For indonesia, let be unite and show the world what we have and what we dont have. Pendet dance is totally from our country,,keep posting about our stolen culture by other country.

ps: oh ya, isi blog anda saya gunakan di blog saya sebagian,,bolehkan ? untuk dpat melihat silahkan kunjungi blog saya sayaberjalan.co.cc

Evan said...

thanks your visited... ^^

delphi said...

Benar sekali. Kita perlu media seperti ini yang bisa menerangkan lebih banyak tentang Bali dan kalau bisa tentang "our another heritage". Jadi dengan mudah kita bisa meng-counter hal-hal yang seperti barusan terjadi dengan Pendet.
Let world's know about us!

- delphi -

delphi said...

Saat ini kita perlu media seperti ini tentang Bali atau kalau perlu tentang "Our Another Heritage".
Sekalian untuk meng-counter hal-hal seperti yang barusan terjadi.

Just let world's know better about us!