CACI DANCE

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The Caci Dance of Mang­garai is not just a cul­tural dance; it is a tra­di­tional whip fight that in­volves ac­tual whips, shields, masks and sticks and ac­tual blood be­tween the ad­ver­saries. Com­pe­ti­tion is usu­ally be­tween two male fight­ers from sep­a­rate vil­lages and per­formed fre­quently dur­ing Penti, a fes­ti­val which is held af­ter the har­vest to end the old agri­cul­tural year and ac­com­pa­nied by drums and gong mu­sic. Other oc­ca­sions for Caci per­for­mances in­cluded mar­riage, birth and fu­neral cer­e­monies. Vis­i­tors can wit­ness a Caci Dance in the vil­lage of Todo and Melo, lo­cated on the Trans­flo­res High­way about 20 km on the road from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng.

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