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Caci is one on one fighting dance used whip and shield as harvest thanksgiving in Manggarai, Flores island

Tinuku Travel ~ Caci or Caci dance or Manggarai fighting dance is people's game between a pair of male dancers who fights using whip and shield while singing on Flores island, East Nusa Tenggara. A traditional dance in which the Paki is a whip-wielding array or as a attacker and Ta'ang use Nggiling or shield, Koret or repellent and Panggal or head covering as a defender.

Caci dance is a traditional war dance held when Hang Woja or harvest season thanksgiving, Penti or new year ritual, the farmland opening ceremony or other major traditional ceremonies. A man who acted as opposed to using a whip made of buffalo or cow leather is dried.

Tinuku Travel Caci is one on one fighting dance used whip and shield as harvest thanksgiving in Manggarai, Flores island

Tinuku.com Travel Caci is one on one fighting dance used whip and shield as harvest thanksgiving in Manggarai, Flores island

The man who acted as a defender had to fend off a whip lash opposed to using Nggiling or shield and Agang or arc of interwoven bamboo cane. Shield made using a layer of dried buffalo leather and round. One hand holds the shield, while the other hand holds the bow deterrent.

Caci played two men, one on one, but struck conducted alternately. The players were divided into two teams which are alternately swapped positions as the attacking group and the defender group. Caci has always played by the Ata One or host team and the Ata Pe'ang or the visitor team.

Danding dance or Tandak Manggarai dance presented as the Caci opening show usually in the yard of indigenous house. Caci is a big party for people in Manggarai regency, host villages cut some bulls to serve two teams and the audience.

If the blows can be averted, it will not hurt, but if can not be deflected the player will be injured. If lashing on the eye, the player is directly stated in Beke or lose and the second position player to be replaced soon.

The entire body is valid as a target lashes, except for parts of the body from the waist down marked piece of cloth hanging from the waist belt. Chest, back, and arms is a whip target. Caci also be the medium of proof strength of a Manggarai man and injuries due to lash admired as a symbol of masculinity.

The battle accompanied by the sound beating drums, gongs, and Nenggo or chanting by supporters. Coconut shell is used as a place to drink wine is believed to double the strength of players and fans team.

The players shirtless, but wearing protective clothing to thigh and calf form of white trousers and gloves songke or black songket cloth wrapped around the waist to the knee to cover part of the trousers. In the rear waist fitted strands bells that rang follow the movements of the players.

Panggal or mask is made of buffalo leather upholstered colorful. Headdress shaped like a buffalo horn is used to protect the face from the blow. Face covered in cloth bonnets but open at the eyes so they could see the movements and punches the opponent.

Caci full of buffalo symbolism believed to the most powerful and vicious animals in Manggarai. Whip symbolizes the power of father, male virility, penis and sky. Shield representing the mother, female, uterus as well as the earth. When the whip is released and hit the shield there is unity between the two symbols.

Travel.Tinuku.com Caci is one on one fighting dance used whip and shield as harvest thanksgiving in Manggarai, Flores island

Tinuku Travel Caci is one on one fighting dance used whip and shield as harvest thanksgiving in Manggarai, Flores island

Location: Flores Island. Caci can be found in every harvest between July and October in the villages around Manggarai. Melo village and Wolomboro village held Caci very impressive.

Activity: Explore ethnography, archeology, architecture, culture and culinary. Seeing sunset and sunrise, hunting photography and videography, and others.

Complementary facilities: Car parking, restrooms, restaurants, hotels and resorts.

Routes and public transport: All flights to Frans Sales Lega Airport in Ruteng city, Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, Turelelo Soa Airport in Bajawa city. Another alternative is H. Hasan Aroeboesman Airport in Ende city, Xavier Frans Seda Airport in Maumere city and Gewayantana Airport in Larantuka city.

Advice: Caci held when traditional special events, ask date precisely to your travel organizers or tour operator.

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