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Cungka dance

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Buton Island is well known with its asphalt. Besides, there are various kinds of tribes on the island. One of them is Cia-Cia tribe with the total population reaching around 80 thousands. This tribe is quite known with its uniqueness. The people of Cia-Cia use Hanggeul script in their daily life. Their traditional dance is Cungka. Cungka dance has existed since religion did not come yet at Wabula village, one of the villages which is lived by Cia-Cia tribe. The dance has its own meaning for the tribe. Cungka dance was brought by the first human who the first time set foot on Wabula village’s land. This time, Cungka dance is performed if there is usually a wedding ceremony. Before Cungka dance is performed, traditional song -Waironi is sung first without being accompanied by dance and drum. Then, Cungka dance starts being performed by male dancer and then by female dancer. The dance is accompanied by traditional music, such as big gong, small gong and drum. In session of the dance, Parabela or traditional male leaders and figures dance Cungka. Part of the dance has a meaning when process of human happened from the human soul’s trip which becomes a lump of water. After the male dancer, the dance is then performed by female dancer or wives of the Parabela and other figures. Cungka dance, which is danced by female, has a meaning human trip in uterus, namely from water to become a lump of blood. In the wedding ceremony, the Cungka dance will be continued with Ngibi dance. The dance is performed in pairs by using shawls. The dance has a meaning ‘happiness’ because from the lump of blood to become flesh and bone. The dance is closed with the dance from the bride along with family. The dance of the bride has a meaning a process which becomes human intact. Because it has very high meaning, the dance must be performed by the bride.

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