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I like the hint of Tim Burtonesque darkness in these Kecak 25mm black and white cabochons that I named for one of Bali's most popular dance dramas.

The percussive performance features a chorus of bare-chested men in black and white check poleng cloth, often seated in a circle, chanting 'cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak'. (Kecak is pronounced 'kechak' so the chant sounds more like 'chak, chak, chak, chak'.)

Anyone who saw the American animated TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender might recognise the chant from the closing credits.

These lightweight fiberglass cabs can be used for jewelry or scrapbooking and other papercraft projects.

AT A GLANCE:
Size: Approx 25mm – 1 inch – in diameter
Thickness: Approx 3mm
Pieces per pack: 6
Material: Fiberglass, flat-backed, not drilled
Colour: Black and White (Hitam Putih)
Shipping: These items will ship from Bali via Pos Indonesia registered mail with a tracking number, and you will almost certainly need to sign for the package upon deliver. Please see my shop policies for more details.
Extra info: It's possible to get these drilled as buttons, though it will mean a slight delay in shipping. Please convo me for details. My thanks to the lovely people at Six Point Cafe at Jl. Danau Buyan 74 in Sanur, Bali, for allowing me to use one of the beautiful moss-covered Buddha fountains that line their front terrace for my product photo shoot.

BACK STORY
The Kecak, sometimes known as the Monkey Chant, depicts a battle from the Ramayana, an ancient Hindu epic poem written in Sanscrit.

It tells the story of the exile of Rama – an incarnation of Vishnu, or Wisnu as he is known in Bali – his wife Dewi Sita, and his brother Laksamana in a forest and of the abduction of Dewi Sita by the evil Rahwana.

Rahwana holds Dewi Sita prisoner in his palace on the Island of Lanka (Sri Lanka) but with the help of the monkey army – played by the kecak dancers – Rahwana's troops are defeated and Rama rescues his wife.

Most Balinese dance is accompanied by gamelan music but the Kecak (pronounced 'kechak') is different. The musical accompaniment comes from a chorus of men chanting "cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak" continuously, in slow rhythm, as they sway left and right from their seated position in a circle. As the pace picks up, they begin waving their arms about.

Though rooted in the Ramayana story, the Kecak apparently evolved from the Sanghyang trance dance which was designed to drive out evil spirits from a village – a form of exorcism.

These performances are much enjoyed by locals and tourists alike and if you're visiting Bali, you can see great performances in Bali's art and culture capital, Ubud, at Uluwatu Temple and at Batubulan.

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"Blow O wind to where my loved one is. Touch him and come touch me soon. I'll feel his gentle touch through you and meet his beauty in the moon. These things are much for the one who loves. One can live by them alone: that he and I breathe the same air and that the Earth we tread is one." ~ From the Ramayana
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Kecak 25mm Black and White Cabochons 6pcs

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Overview

  • Material: fiberglass
  • Feedback: 1324 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Ubud, Indonesia
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