Maengket dance. Indonesia has a rich culture that is becoming typical that Indonesia is a unitary state, with the spread of the territory or island of Indonesia archipelago in the Mainland. One form of the compound/Indonesia culture variegated is the art of gestures or dance.

The art of gestures or dance in Indonesia is in variances, almost the entire territory of the unity of Indonesia has a dance typical of each area, such as the case of the famous Maengket dance. Maengket dance is a traditional dance of the Minahasa tribe originating from Manado, North Sulawesi. There is already a Maengket dance ditanah Minahasa since people know the Minahasa farm, so the Maengket dance is performed at the moment are agricultural harvest with simple movements.

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Now Maengket dance has evolved form and dancer without leaving its authenticity. The word Maengket comes from the local language itself i.e. engket which means lifting the heel of the foot up and down. An additional prefix “ma” in the word engket means dance up and down.

The community is the tribal communities of Minahasa in North Sulawesi. that comes from the Austronesian people who have inhabited the North Sulawesi region for thousands of years BC. Minahasa tribe is the unity of several sub ethnic that inhabit the North Sulawesi region like Indonesia, Tontemboan, Tonsea, Tolour (Tondano), Tonsawang, Pasan, Ponosakan, and Bantik. Although the people of minahasa composed of various tribal and religious communities coexist Minahasa and pillars.

This also affects the cultural complexion of the community against the Minahasa including dance maengket. Because of the wide manifold tribe in the Minahasa tribe, the technical terms used in the dance Maengket also varied according to the language of each tribe.

One of the options to see the dance Maengket is in the village Ranowangko, district Kombi, Minahasa District, North Sulawesi province. There are the most well known from past till now i.e. Maengket Mandolang and Maengket Pinkan.

In ancient times Maengket dance performed while harvesting as a gratitude to the Lord with a simple movement. Maengket dance performances preceded a singer that will be followed (repeated) by others. This dance is usually displayed 20 to 30 people comprising men and women who formed the women’s pair and one person acting as a guide. clothing commonly worn in dance performances Maengket brightly colored like red, pink, blue, yellow, green and white and the prianya dancers will wear a red headband. This dance is so dynamic, energetic, and relatively free of rules. You will find them still refers to a value and the original motion.

Maengket dance ever one time showed at  “World Ocean Conference (WOC) “ event in Manado, which took place in 2009  

Maengket dance consists of three Act performances

Maowey Kamberu
Maowey Kamberu is a dance which was performed at the event of Thanksgiving to God Almighty, where agriculture mainly rice plant that doubled/lot. Maengket Maowey kamberu dance led by a woman named “Walian in uma” and assisted by Walian im pengumam’an or adult males. Walian is a religion or religious native tribes that embraced by the Minahasa tribe, at its head is an older woman who is referred to as the Mangorai Walian served as advisors and supervisors in the implementation of the fertility rites.

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Maengket dance began with a wave of the handkerchief by the dance leader intends to invite the goddess Earth (lumimu’ut) leader of the dance to the goddess earth possessed. After the leader of the earth goddess possessed dance then dance really started. In order for the other dancers are not possessed of evil spirits there are aides who accompanied Tonaas Wangko walian in uma called tonaas in the uma is a grown man who holds a spear, a symbol of the Sun God (Toar). Therefore the stone around the page (tumotowak) plugged lances.

Dance Maengket Moawey Kamberu or Kamberu is a picture of Owey complaints will taste tired plant rice which then generates pleasure when harvest rice. Lessons to be learned is, every perceived fatigue after working hard then it will produce pleasure at a later date

Marambak is the second half of the dance Maengket is done in the spirit of mutual (mapalus), the people of Minahasa Help help make the new home. The finished House was built then held a party riding a new house or in a regional language called “rumambak” or test the strength of the new house and all the people invited in kampong Thanksgiving  

Lalayaan is a part or half of Maengket dance which symbolize how young adults have Minahasa in ancient times will be looking for their soul mate. This dance is also called Dance Association Office, the days of old in Minahasa.

Ritual Dance Maengket

In the ritual, Maengket dance it self is divided into two parts, namely Sumempung which is intended to invite the spirit of the gods and praised The Empung (Lord) and Mangalei intended to ask for blessing from the gods. Maengket dance actually not pure dance but also the unity of the two branches of the art of dance and song and pick rice ceremony is a ceremony performed in festivities that lasted for 28 consecutive days.

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Maengket dance Moawey Kamberu carried out 7 days before the full moon in the courtyard of stone (Tumotowa), on the night of the full moon and the lalayaan dance performed 7 days after a full moon Maengket Marambak dance performed in the ceremony of installation of lights for a new home.

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