Malaysia is well known for its multi-racial and multi-religion populace, making it a country that is rich in culture, represented by the various
ethnic groups that call Malaysia home.
Traditional dance is a popular form of cultural expression in Malaysia, performed during festive celebrations, weddings or public events.
Traditional dances in Malaysia can be prominently identified with certain regions or religions practices and some are imbued with political and
POS Malaysia´s Traditional Dance II stamp edition gives prominence to the tradtional dance of the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kwijau and Bidayuh.
60sen – Tarian Cempaka Sari
60sen – Tarian Reben Cina
60sen – Tarian Odissi
60sen – Tarian Magunatip
60sen – Tarian Rejang Be´uh
Sheets: 60sen x 20 (five different designs), FDC
Tarian Cempaka Sari
This is a traditional Malay court dance which highlights the greatness of the Perak Sultanate of the olden days. The song “Cempaka Sari” incidentally, was an original composition by the late Sultan Idris Sah II of Perak. The use of long scarves epitamise grace and beauty, while the use of fans heavily crafted with gold threads, symbolise a peaceful and harmonious life under a fair and just ruler.
Tarian Reben Cina
The ribbon dance originate from mainland China during the Han Dynasty but evolved during the Tang Dynasty. It is associated with the legend of a man who tried to assassinate the Chinese Emperar. Previously performed as court dance exclusively for the royals, today it is comman to witness this graceful dance during public events. The ribbons are usually t to 12 feet long. Skilled dancers can create beautiful movements of dragons and rainbows in the sky using ribbon tied to a stick.
Odissi, also popularly known as Orissi, is one of eight traditional dance forms of India. It is characterised by three body bends called the thibangi, involving the deflection of the head, tarsa and hips. Dancers in colourful costumes stamp their feet and strike various postures as seen in Indian scriptures. A variety of hand gestures are also used in Odissi, similar to the ones in Bharata Natyam.
Magunatip, a head hunter dance, is also known as the “bamboo dance”. It is performed by the indigenous ethnic group Kwijau, residing in Sabah. The word “Magunatip” is derived from “Apit”, which means to press between two surfaces. The bamboo poles are usually 5 feet long and held by two dancers who will beat them together over shorter wood or bamboo, creating an interesting ryhthm. This dance involves jumping between the clapping bamboo poles and requires one to be fast to aviod getting their feet trapped.
Tarian Rejang Be´uh
Redang Be´uh or the eagle dance is a dance of the Bidayuh community in Sarawak. It is usually performed after a harvest season, for guests at the longhouse. The movements of the dancers with outstretcbed hands, imitate the movements of flying eagles. The dancers move to the rhythmic beat of the drums and gongs, accompanied by tiny bells tied around the ankles..