TORAJA DANCES

 

TORAJA DANCES

Ma'badong A circle of men singing a monotonous chant to the honor of the deceased all night long as can be heard and seen on the Maruang and Rante Palato pages of this website.
Ma'bua At the Mabua ceremony held every twelve years, priests with buffalo headdresses dance around a sacred tree. The Ma'bua is a major ceremony taking place at 12 year intervals, a dance spiritually and ecologically invaluable to the Toraja. Months of work are involved getting ready for this night long ritual, i.e. preparing a ceremonial field, costumes, and miniature implements of everyday life. There are stately female singers, festival poles, war yells, and bonfires of exploding bamboo stalks. Priests wearing water buffalo headdresses rush about a sacred tree. 
Ma'boneballa' A joyful dance beginning with a single girl's dance (gellu' tungga'), then more girls join in accompanied by four drummers. The dance is attributed to Puang Tanriabeng of Sa'dan
Ma'bondesan A thanksgiving dance with flute accompaniment by a group of shirtless men with long fingernails
Ma'bugi (1) A cheerful thanksgiving dance by singing male and female dancers 
Ma'bugi (2) An exorcism ritual whereby dancers stab themselves with sharp knives without being hurt (photo)
Ma'burake A dance with 10 movements accompanied by suling lembang (flute), geso'-geso' (one-stringed lute), kamaru (small hand drum) and gandang boro (grand drum). The dance is contributed to Mr. A.T. Tonglo from Mappa-Balepe (Tana Toraja) and Mrs. A.T. Tonglo from Bulo-Ulusalu (Mamasa)..
Ma'dandan A dance performed by women slowly moving a stick while singing a choral song after the men have completed the Manimbong dance
Ma'dao bulan A holy five-movement dance performed by 4 (or a multiple thereof) virgin dancers wearing long white dresses. Similar to the Ma'burake dance and from the same source.
Ma'dondan A rather cheerful funeral dance performed after the buffalo sacrifice by young men and women clapping their hands while dancing
Ma'dondi A choir singing songs describing the family's grief and misery
Ma'doabulan A performance by dancers wearing long white dresses
Ma'gandangi A dance performed by women while others are pounding rice
Ma'gellu Pangalla' Refer to separate page
Ma'gellu Tungga' Boneballa' dance by one single dancer
Ma'katia A dance to remind the audience of the dead person's generosity and loyalty. Usually danced by elder women in special costumes with long feather headdresses while singing a poetic song.
Ma'marakka A dance accompanied by an elegy (pa'marakka) sung by a women and accompanied by flutes in rituals of the east and offerings to the gods (photo).
Manganda Refer to separate page
Manimbong (1) A worshipping dance by men, performed during the Merok and Ma'bua ceremonies
Manimbong (2) A harvest ceremony, similar to Ma'bugi
 
Ma'randing Refer to separate page
Maro or Ma'dampi A "white magic" ritual dance to purify a sick person who is placed in the middle of a crowd at night while healers try to drive the evil spirits out of the sick body. Amazingly, this procedure has often proven to be effective with patients adhering to the old animist Aluk To Dolo religion. It never works with Christians, they have to pray.
Massala A funeral dance by young men and women waving a cloth

Toraja dance

Toraja dance

Ma'bugi

 Ma'marakka

Photos from 1938 taken in Kondongan by Claire Holt

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