Ten thousand men dance – level 2

11-07-2023 15:00

Saman is a popular dance in Indonesia and UNESCO recognised it in 2011. It is also called the dance of a thousand hands.

Over 10,000 men in Aceh, a territory in Sumatra, performed the dance. They broke the national record for the largest Saman dance. The Acehnese traditionally perform it once a year to show unity after the harvest.

The Director General of Culture said that the event shows that people still uphold their culture.

Difficult words: unity (togetherness – being close to one another), harvest (gathering crops – getting food from the fields), uphold (maintain, keep).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

Why is the Saman dance such an important part of Acehnese culture?


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