Friday, August 19, 2016

Baraka - Kecak dance

The above is a clip from the documentary (of sorts) Baraka.  A beautiful film, but this is the part that sticks with most people.  It shows a Kecak, a form of dance created in the 1930s in Indonesia.  It comes from a more traditional form of trance-inspired dance.

Whenever I think of this (or of other places where people congregate to sing in unison) I inevitably turn to Durkheim's notion of collective effervescence, a term for a shared emotionality that lends itself toward belief in the sacred.

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