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Cakalele performance

Cakalele (pronounced "cha-ka-leh-leh", spelled tjakalele by the Dutch) is a war-dance from North and Central Maluku in Indonesia.[1] Hybrid versions also exist among the aboriginals of Sulawesi, Timor, and the Tanimbar Islands.[citation needed] The dance is performed by men, two of whom represent opposing captains or leaders while the others are the warriors supporting them. After an opening ritual, the captains engage in a mock-duel with a spear (sanokat) and long knife (lopu) while their supporters use a long knife in the right hand and a narrow wooden shield in the left hand.[2] The shield is referred to as a salawaku, or by a local name such as the Tobelo o dadatoko.[3] The cakalele originated as a way for the warriors to celebrate after a successful raid. Dancers dress in full warrior costume and are backed by the rhythm of the drum and gong (tifa) and fife (sulin).

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  1. ^ Qurtuby, Sumanto Al (2016-05-20). Religious Violence and Conciliation in Indonesia: Christians and Muslims in the Moluccas. Routledge. ISBN 9781317333289. 
  2. ^ Albert G Van Zonneveld (2002). Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago. Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land. ISBN 90-5450-004-2. 
  3. ^ P. E. De Josselin De Jong (1984). Unity in Diversity: Indonesia as a Field of Anthropological Study. Foris Publications. ISBN 90-6765-063-3. 

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