Ten thousand Indonesia men take part in traditional dance to entice tourists into visiting region that is infamous for use of Sharia Law

Mail Online | 8/13/2017 | Afp
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A record-breaking 10,000 people turned out in Indonesia's Aceh province on Sunday to stage a traditional dance.

The men, clad in elaborate black and yellow traditional costumes, sat in neat rows, clapping their hands on their shoulders and laps and moving in an increasingly fast-paced rhythm to a traditional song.

Saman - Dance - Hands - Country - UNESCO

The saman, or 'the dance of a thousand hands', is one of the country's most popular. In 2011 it was included in the UNESCO list of items of intangible cultural heritage.

The event was aimed at attracting more visitors to the province the head of local tourism agency, Syafruddin, said.

Men - Gayo - Community - Movements - Formation

The men, mostly from the ethnic Gayo community, made occasional wave-like movements without breaking formation.

Their song focused on the importance of protecting the province's Mount Leuser National Park, home to rare Sumatran tigers and elephants, which is threatened by rampant poaching and rainforest destruction...
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