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Various Kinds of the Local Tradition part 2

"Cak .. cak .. cak" who doesn't know the Kecak dance? It's one of the must see traditional spectacles in Bali. If traditional customs mean local customs that date back to centuries ago, then the Kecak is not that traditional. The dance was created in the 1930s by Wayan Limbak, a Balinese and walter Spies, a German. The two guys choreographed it from Sanghyang, a traditional Balinese exorcism dance, and a scene from a Ramayana epic.

Ondel - Ondel
The giant couple that often scares little children is believed to represent figures of ancestors who look after their descendants. But you can see the Ondel-ondels resemblance to a certain character dressed in old clothes and wearing fake hair that's put on farm fields to scare the birds away? Yup, some historians believe that once the giants were used as scarecrows in rice fields in Betawi.

Elongated Earlobes
In some Dayak sub tribes, men and women elongate their earlobes using weights like metal rings, pendants, beads, and other heavy objects. Kayans would elongate their earlobes to show high social status, nobility, and debt free status. But in many villages upstreams of the Mahakam River, the weights (belahongs) simply signify age. Dayak people begin this practice in infancy, adding one metal ring or bead each year. So a woman with 60 belahongs dangling from her ears means to show she's 60 years old. Some people believe that Dayak people elongate their earlobes also for self discipline. It certainly takes a great deal of patience and endurance to wear heavy belahongs for the rest of one's life.