The daunting yet thrilling dance ritual of Kabasaran will lift your spirits, but be careful with those swords!
Celebrity thumbs up: Actor Mike Lewis recommends watching this for a breathtaking performance that will send shivers down your spine
North Minahasa’s rich culture and heritage is no less vibrant than its remarkable underwater scenes and that is evidently proven through the riveting Kabasaran dance ritual. Historically, this was a sacred performance that prepared warriors for battle. Donned with a traditional red warrior costume that represents courage, the skulls of their fallen enemies were also worn to represent bloodthirst.
Back then, it was customary for the descendants of kawasara dancers to take part in the ritual and anyone who disrupts the dance may face death. Nowadays, it is performed as a tribute to the ancestors who died on the battlefield. With fierce battle cries that mimic a fighting cock, it’s hard not to be pumped with adrenaline at the end of the dance.
Health & safety protocols to note
When you’re traveling around Indonesia, don’t forget that health and safety protocols are still strictly enforced. Major tourist destinations will have temperature checks and won’t let you enter without your masks. Vaccine certificates are also required upon entry across all establishments, so have it ready from your PeduliLindungi app.
Certain international travelers are allowed to enter Indonesia with strict regulations, so be sure to keep checking before you book your tickets and start packing. Domestic travel across the archipelago is open for vaccinated travelers, but remember to remain safe and be responsible for yourself and others.