Betawi Mask Dance

Betawi Mask Dance

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tari topeng betawiITS–The Betawi mask dance or tari topeng Betawi is a mask-dance of the Betawi people of Jakarta. It is believed that the use of masks is related to the cult of the ancestors, which considered dancers the interpreters of the gods. Topeng performances open with a series of non-speaking masked characters which may not be related to the story about to be performed. These traditional masks often include Topeng Manis (a refined hero), Topeng Kras (a martial, authoritarian character), and Topeng Tua (an old man who may joke and draw-out the audience).

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