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Various Types of Traditional Papuan Dances

Tribratanews.polri.go.id – Papua has succeeded in attracting tourists with its natural beauty. Not only nature, Papua also has traditional arts and culture that can attract the attention of tourists, one of which is traditional dances. Monday (2/4/22).

Papuan traditional dances have unique characteristics. Because, this dance from the eastern part of Indonesia presents a number of meanings that are closely related to everyday life.

Various Types of Traditional Papuan Dances

  1. Suanggi Dance
Suanggi Dance (for complete story please visit The Enchanting Suanggi Dance)

This dance presents the story of a man who was abandoned by his wife. It is also narrated that his wife’s spirit wanders and disturbs those around him.

Finally, the man performed a ritual to appease the spirit of his wife. The ritual eventually developed into a Suanggi Dance.

  1. Awaijale Rilejale Dance
Awaijale Rilejale Dance (photo: Wikipedia)

This dance comes from the Jayapura Regency area, precisely in the Sentani area. This dance depicts the natural beauty of Lake Sentani at dusk, when residents return home from work by boat.

When performing the Awaijale Rilejale Dance performance, dancers will wear Papuan traditional clothes called Pea Malo. These clothes are actually made from the genemo tree, sago leaves, and bark.

  1. Aluyen Dance
Aluyen Dance (photo: West Papua Diary)

Next there is the Aluyen Dance which means “sung song”. This dance is performed when the traditional ceremony is in progress. Examples of traditional ceremonies such as building a new house, opening a new garden and so on. This dance comes from the Sorong Regency, West Papua Province.

  1. Musyoh Dance
Musyoh Dance (photo: Betapapua)

Musyoh dance is a traditional Papuan dance which is considered sacred by the local tribe. The purpose of this dance is to calm the spirits who died in accidents.

They assume that if someone dies due to an accident, his spirit will not leave in peace. As a solution, the Musyoh Dance ritual is carried out to calm the spirits.

  1. Sajojo Dance
Sajojo Dance (photo: Kompas)

Sajojo dance is very popular in the archipelago. This dance describes the association between ethnic groups in Papua. Sajojo dance is also known as the welcoming dance.

The dancers will dance by jumping and stomping their feet. Various traditional musical instruments such as Tifa will be used to accompany this dance.

  1. Aniri Dance
Aniri Dance (photo: West Papua Diary)

Aniri dance has the meaning of “liberation of a child”. This dance comes from Koakwa Village, Fakfak Regency, West Papua Province.

This dance depicts the liberation of a child from the disturbance of the jinn because he was abandoned by his parents who went to the village. This dance is thick with things that smell magical.

  1. Afaitaneng Dance
Afaitaneng Dance (photo: Wikipedia)

Afaitaneng dance means “our arrow”. This dance, which originates from the Ambai area, Yapen Island, South Serui, depicts war events that are closely related to heroism.

This dance will be performed all night long (afternoon and night after war). This dance will describe the strength, greatness, and victory of the war troops against enemies armed with arrows.

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  1. Reblogged this on Papua Story and commented:
    Dancing is one of the most common expressions of culture. Thank you westpapua.online for sharing the article about traditional Papuan dancing.

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