"baris dancer, bali"

Published December 7, 1941

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Baris Dancer from HARLEM as seen by hirschfeld. Lithograph, 1941

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The Baris, a traditional war dance, glorifies the manhood of the triumphant Balinese warrior. Baris derives its name from the word bebarisan, which literally means "line" or "file formation", referring to the soldiers who served the ancient rajas of Bali. Originally, the dance was a religious ritual: the dedication of warriors and their weapons during a temple feast. There are two main types of baris dance which can be found throughout the island of Bali. The non-ritual dance is performed by a solo male dancer and is often the first dance that a budding dancer learns. There are over thirty different types of ritual baris dances, each of which is performed by a group of people, still imitating the movements of the warrior.

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