The Tempayan Dance

The Tempayan Dance

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E-54-2-TARI-CAWANITS–The Tari Tempayan or Tempayan Dance (tempayan means jar) is a traditional dance of Singkawang in the Sambas District of West Kalimantan. Chinese culture greatly influences both the dance and the jar’s motif. Singkawang is well-known as the most productive area of high quality ceramics in Indonesia.

This dance is performed to welcome high ranking visitors and at thanksgiving ceremonies. It is played by seven or nine female dancers, each holding a 30 centimeter tall jar.

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