Lego-Lego dance, Nusa Tenggara

Alor is one of regencies in East Nusa Tenggara province. In the region live some traditional tribes of Flores with local customs which have not changed since the prehistoric era. The glorious time of Alor culture can be found at   akpala village which is occupied by Abui tribe. The biggest tribe in  Alor still maintains the tradition by keeping traditional building which has the shape like a pyramid. The building has roofs made of cononut leaves, four poles and plaited bamboo wall.   Besides its taditional building, this tribe also keeps their original culture. One of them is Lego-Lego dance.

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This typical dance is done in bulk by holding hands in a circle. Lego-Lego Dancers wearing traditional clothing, while women’s hair is left loose. At the foot of the dancers, placed a silver bracelet that will reflect the tinkling sound when moved.

Tetabuhan gongs and drums from brass or moko accompanying the doings of the dancers who move smart as he proclaimed in song and rhyme local. Usually indigenous languages, Lego-Lego danced all night long. You and other visitors can also dance together Takpala Village residents.

Lego_lego Dok NTT 3According to local traditional elders, Lego, Lego is a typical dance Abui Tribe, a native Takpala, is a symbol of the strength of unity and brotherhood, The legend tells that the Tribe Abui is the founder of the oldest royal ever in Alor, namely in the inland mountain kingdom of Abui Alor. Tari-Lego Lego is done by surrounding the three circle-shaped stone called the altar. That said, the altar built at the expense of prehistoric man as a sacrificial head.

Lego-Lego dance symbolizes the power of unitary and brotherhood of Abui tribe. This dance is massively performed by holding hands and standing in a circle. Lego-Lego dance is performed in various traditional ceremonies, such as wedding ceremony. But now, this dance is performed to welcome guests or tourists who come to Alor, especially Takpala village. This dance is an expression of happiness.

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To start the dance, the guest will earlier be welcomed by local people, then invite them to go to a big tree. The guests with local women hold the hands going around the tree. The guests are welcome to participate in the dance. With feet movement, the dancers will move surrounding the tree accompanied by gong and Moko, a gong made of brass. When dancing, they are offered with betel and nuts.

Local women and men who are involved in the dance, wear traditional clothes. They wear silver bracelets on their legs so that they ring while they move their feet. When they dance, they also sing and read poem. Usually, the elderly people sing and read the poem. 

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