rice is their most important food, the people of Sulawesi express
their gratitude to God, who has granted them an abundant harvest.
There are several ceremonial harvest dances, the Pakarena Dance
and the Manimbong Dance.
PAKARENA DANCE. The Pakarena Dance is a dance from Makasar
which used to be held in planting and harvesting ceremonies. There
are two kinds of Pakarena dances, the Pakarena Bura'ne danced by
twelve men and the Pakarena Baine, danced by twelve women. The dancers
are boys or girls from nine to fourteen years of age who sing while
they dance. The Pakarena Burane costume consists of long black trousers,
a sarong worn as a skirt, a sprakling head-dress and a handkerchief
hanging down the waist, with the upper part of the body uncovered.
The Pakarena Baine costume consists of sarong and baju rawang (transparent
jacket) and each dancer has a fan in her hand.
addition to its close link with planting and harvest ceremonies,
the Pakarena Dance was also performed as a welcome for a king.
MANINBONG DANCE. The Manimbong Dance is a dance of the
Toraja tribe and is performed after harvest. The dancers consist
of several men who sing while they dance.