Uluwatu Temple – Ulu in Balinese mean heart, Watu it’s mean stone. This temple built in 11th century by Javanese priest Empu Kuturan or well known with Empu Raja Kerta. The temple located in south western tip of peninsula, up to the blue sea cliff approximately 100 meters high, the best place to view of the sunset. In 16 century another Javanese priest Danghyang Nirartha visit this temple and add more building, he retreated to this temple for his final life, when he attained Moksa or freedom. Entrance ticket cost at 3,000 rupiahs/person.
Kecak Dance at Uluwatu Temple – A Kecak performance is very simple. The men’s chorus chants the words Cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak, in rhythm, over and over again, For this reason they are called the Kecak or Cak dance. The Kecak dances consist of about fifty men wearing only a loin-cloth, the upper part of their bodies left bare. They form rows of circles, in the middle of which is a coconut oil lamp. The Kecak dance is performed for dance-dramas and the story presented is take from the Ramayana epic. Ticket fee at 70,000 rupiahs/person
Kecak Dance is a kind of dance of Bali’s most unique, and not accompanied by musical instruments / gamelan whatsoever, but accompanied by a choir of about 50 men. This dance originated from the sacral dance (Sang Hyang). At a dance Sang Hyang’re intruding spirits communicate with the gods or ancestors who are sanctified. By using the dancer as a media liaison of the gods or ancestors can convey his saying. In the 1930s began an epic story of Ramayana is inserted into the dance.
In brief, the story is as follows:
Because they sense evil goddess Kakayi (Stepmother) Sri Rama, the crown of the Shah’s son from the kingdom of Ayodya, exiled from his father’s palace and the King Dasaratha. Accompanied by his younger brother (Admiral) and his wife (Goddess Sita), a faithful, Sri Rama went to forest Dandaka. By the time they are the forest, they are known by the King Dasamuka (Ravana), a king who did wrong, and Ravana was captivated by the beauty of Goddess Sita, he then made an attempt to kidnap Sita, and he is assisted by patih, Marica. With his spiritual power was transformed into a giant Marica beautiful golden deer and agile. Thus, they succeeded in separating from Rama and Sita Admiral. Ravana then use this opportunity to kidnap the goddess Sita and took him to flee to Alengka Pura. By conducting this scam is trying to help Rama and Sita from Admiral cengkaman a cruel king. The assistance under the commander of troops tentera monkey Hanuman then they managed to beat a giant army led by Meganada Ravana, his own son. Rama finally managed to take back his wife safely.
The Kecak Dance tells you about the Indian story of Ramayana. Rama, a warrior and rightful hier to the throne of Ayodya, is exiled with his wife Sita to a faraway desert. There, an evil king spies Sita, falls in love with her, and sends a golden deer to lure Rama away. Sita is captured, and Rama rounds up his armies to defeat those of the evil king and rescue her. Rama is the man in green dancing in the center of the circle, the golden deer is in yellow in the back.