Sunday, July 15, 2007

Plate Dance

Video Find of the Day

A plate dance (Tari Piring) of the Minangkabau. Acording to the Wikipedia article these are the most populous matrilineal people in the world today, with a little over 5 million in West Sumatra, Riau, Indonesia, and parts of Malaysia. They are also almost entirely Islamic. Their name means Victorious Water Buffalo and refers to a legendary victory of the people over a threatening neighbor with the help of a well-prepared baby water buffalo. Hence also the taste in architecture.

When I showed this one to Anitra she tried to tell me they had to use adhesives on their hands. It's not done with glue, it's done with physics! That's inertia holding those plates on!

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