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Tayuban: Dancing the Spirit in Java

Tayuban: Dancing the Spirit in Java. © F Hughes-Freeland

Director Felicia Hughes-Freeland
Country/Production UK
Release 1996
Length 30 mins
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Indonesia, Java / Asia
Ethnic Group Indonesian

Order No RAI-200.314
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Once a year a ritual is held in a Javanese village. After a distribution of food, men dance with professional female dancers. Their allegedly sexual ethos makes these ‘tayuban’ unacceptable as national culture, but the dancing is a gift to the protective spirit in exchange for well-being, and represents community identity.

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