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Datun Julud

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Country :
Malaysia
ICH Domain :
Performing Arts
Location :
The state of Sarawak, Malaysia
Description :
"Datun Julud" means "long dance" in Dayak Kenyah language, "Hivan Joh" in Kayan, and "Arang Kadang" in Kelabit. It is traditionally danced by a group of ladies on ceremonious occasions, by the Orang Ulu people of Borneo. The Datun Julud was said to have been created by a Kenyah prince called Nyik Selung, to symbolise happiness and gratitude. A solo dancer, a barefooted woman, usually begins the dance, moving spontaneously with a fluid motion to emulate a hornbill in flight. Gracefully, gently, the dancer moves her arms, legs and torso, careful to keep her head erect and motionless so as to keep her earrings - heavy brass ornaments that dangle from elongated earlobes - from swaying too much. The dancer is usually dressed in a colourful sarong and an elaborate headdress, which is adorned with protruding tufts symbolising the deities. To represent the wings of the hornbill, she holds beautiful fans made out of the feathers of the sacred bird. After she is done, another woman takes her place, and this goes on until all the women in the longhouse have each taken their turn. On various occasions, the dance is performed by a group of up to four women. The Datun Julud is often accompanied by the beautiful sounds of the sape, a traditional lute peculiar to the Orang Ulu community or "upriver people" of central Borneo. Today, the Datun Julud has become a dance of formal entertainment that is often performed in the rumah panjang (longhouse) to greet visitors and tourists.
Transmission method :
formal /academic/ and informal training /apprenticeship training
Information source :
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The Malaysia Arts Cultural Practitioners Association (MACPA)