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Ceremonial Dance


This particular photograph shows the Ceremonial Ota Ota dance. This represents a duel in mime. It is considered a dance of warriors, originating from Terengganu. The dance is based on defensive and offensive movement executed by men armed with swords, shields and bells. A row of dancers moves forward offensively while the other row moves backward defensively in tune to the sounds of gongs and drums. Image courtesy of The National Archives


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