Another important category of Balinese religious dancing is the performance is given for the gods rather than by them (like Berutuk or Sang Hyang dance).
At every Balinese temple festival visiting gods descend into doll-like special wooden effigies called pratima, which are gaily dressed, decorated with flowers and placed in special portable shrines for festive occasion.
The Gods who dwell thus for a time in the pratima are carried in procession and bathed. They are presented with offerings of food, flowers and other tangibles, and also very often with offerings in the form of performances. The dancers perform to delight and amuse their celestial guests and to greet them with appropriate respect.
Rejang is one of the most ancient and most formal of these entertainment. It possesses a dignity and elegance that are very beautiful. This dance is a processional group of some forty to sixty dance, performed by the female members of the temple congregation.
Women of all ages take part in the performance in most villages, except for in the old fashioned Bali Aga villages of Tenganan and Asak the performers are drawn only from children and young women of the village.
All are dressed in formal traditional Balinese costume, with a long sash (anteng) tied around the waist, and elaborate semi-circular head-dress, consisting of a frame made of gold to which fresh flowers are attached. It's performed in the day time, usually in the early afternoon.
Through a single gateway the long lines of dancers enter the jeroan in pairs and execute a simple choreography that divides them into four lines facing the pelinggih (shrine) where the pratima have been placed.
The front dancers from each line approach the gods, dancing, in a single row of four. They progress slowly, waving their fans and holding the sash out from the body at waist-height. They undulate as they advance; their faces are drawn into serious, rather preoccupied, smiles.
When they reach the pelinggih the line divides, with two of the dancers going off to each side. The next row comes up just behind it, and the dance continues as each row in turn comes forward, to the accompaniment of appropriate music. When each row of dancers has been presented in turn to the pelinggih the performance is over.
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