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(Video) The Origins And Also Mythical Beliefs of ‘Kuda Kepang’ Dance

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The ‘kuda kepang’ dance is basically known as a traditional dance of Johor, especially the Malays of Javanese descent and it is also one of the games for people in Indonesia and also Singapore. The dance of ‘kuda kepang’ is a kind of traditional dance played by the Javanese people. The ‘kuda kepang’ dance has a clear Javanese background influence, coinciding with its history which states that it originated in East Java.

It was brought in by the Javanese community who migrated to the country and remains to this day without much modification. The ‘kuda kepang’ is a woven statue shaped like a horse without legs. It is made of woven bamboo or even animal skins that are patterned to be more attractive.

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There are actually 3 different stories on how the ‘kuda kepang’ dance was originated before and they are:

  • The ‘kuda kepang’ dance was created by Wali Sembilan who settled in Java in the 15th century as an attraction in their efforts to spread the message of Islam in Java in an effort to spread Islam in the interior of Java, Wali Songo faced difficulties in approaching the people there. So he got the idea to dance while riding a horse. In the course of time, the horses were exchanged for animal skins or bamboo to replace real horses.
  • The origin of this dance got to do with Saidina Ali. In order to imitate the steps of Saidina Ali’s army, the ‘kuda kepang’ dance was born. The events of the war that Rasulullah SAW and his companions went through are presented in the form of dances.
  • Connecting its origin with the heavenly realm. A fairy horse named ‘Kuda Sembrani’ is said to have come down to Java to find his missing friend. After the meeting, they danced for fun.

According to belief, the ‘kuda kepang’ is controlled by some kind of supernatural power. Therefore, a special ceremony needs to be done before playing. If they fail to do so maybe something undesirable will happen to the players as well as the spectators. The ceremony begins with a spirit-worshiping ceremony. After that, the shaman will pray for the opening ceremony of the arena which is usually 40 ‘by 60’ in size.

The shaman will also provide meals for the entities. The meals are usually coconut, rice, ripe bananas, incense, white cloth, needles, thread, white chicken, rice, eggs, and potpourri. The minimum number of dancers is nine and the maximum is 15. These dancers are usually male-only.

One interesting thing in this dance is that often there are some dancers who will become lost self-control after the performance is over. Those people then can perform strange movements such as jumping as high as six or seven feet, climbing on bamboo or slippery stick or a rope, also peeling a coconut with the teeth. While the dancers losing their self-control, the sounds of the dancers’ accompaniment will continue to be played. Otherwise, they get angry and pounce on the players of those sounds.

Picture: Ini Cerita Dunia

Sources: TikTok LOCCO MY, Ini Cerita Dunia

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(Video) Called ’emart24′, One Of Korea’s Famous Convenience Stores Is Now In Malaysia

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Recently, there has been particularly great news circling all over social media platforms that have made many netizens so excited. It is actually about one of South Korea’s fastest-growing convenience store that is called ’emart24′. According to the news, it has officially opened specifically in Bangsar South. Malaysians are so excited because now there are going to be more store which they can enjoy various Korean’s goodies.

There would be so many Korean products that are going to be sold there such as Korean street food, exclusive Korean snacks, and also Korean beauty products. Korean street food that all the Malaysians are always looking for such as delicious ‘eomuk’ which is a fish cake, sausage, ‘cupbap’ which is cup rice, fried chicken, pau, and also bingsu.

 

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According to the post that stated, “We’re more than just your typical convenience store. Get a variety of Korean products from hot food to cosmetics. All under one roof”. The statement itself would surely make all the Malaysians become so excited to have a visit to Korea’s convenience store.

emart24 also has mentioned that the Bangsar South’s branch is actually the first of 300 targeted to be launched in the country over the next five years with each Reserve Store having its own distinctive characters. For example, their Reserve Store in Bangsar South boasts innovations that are aimed at enhancing the customer experience with a larger space, customized interiors, and a distinct character that sets it apart from other future Reserve Stores so the customer experience is unique every time.

Sources: Instagram emart24.

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Mothers-Teachers Collaboration Makes PdPR A Success

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KINABATANGAN, June 25  — The implementation of home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) requires full commitment from teachers and students, but the role of parents is also important in ensuring its effectiveness.

Teachers at a school in the interior of Sabah are aware of mothers’ influence in the success of PdPR, especially in areas where it is difficult to conduct online learning.

A teacher, Najme Nasir, said mothers of pupils of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sungai Lokan, had given a strong commitment to making PdPR a success since last year.

“The one who gives a lot of cooperation is the mother at home, the one who helps the students a lot is the mother, the one who keeps nagging kids about their homework is the mother.

“For that, we really appreciate the role of mothers in helping their children and also helping us teachers implement PdPR,” he told Bernama when contacted.

Najme said the commitment of the mothers made it easier for teachers to monitor the progress of students at home as some areas in Kampung Sungai Lokan did not have good internet access due to the hilly terrain.

The school’s teachers and headmaster, Masnah Apong, always looking for ideas to encourage students to be interested in learning, he said.

Among them is using their own money to buy school supplies, wrapped them before delivering them to 62 school children at their homes.

“There is no denying that the performance of students in the interior is different from that in the city, let alone when PdPR was launched following the pandemic.

“For us, we want the students here not to be left behind in their studies,” he said.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Shop Review: ‘Aqmarithm’, The Online Shop That Sells Affordable And Trendy Accessories

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With the help of social media, millennials are taking the risk to start their own online business. With that being said, shopping is now easier as all you have to do is scroll through your gadget and add it to your cart. The selection of items we can get online is also huge. Even groceries are delivered to your doorstep nowadays! Other than helping the small business owner, shopping online can also be some sort of therapy for certain people.

Today, we are going through an Instagram shop account, Aqmarithm. This pink theme online shop offers a broad choice of accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and even fake nails!

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The owner of this shop, Aqmar Ismail shared on the website that she started the business with zero capital. Her first sale was through pre-order since she did not have any budget in the beginning.

She said that with taking pre-order, she did not need to worry about keeping any stock nor the risk of the items going to waste if no one were to buy it from her shop. However, the process was quite slow. After she managed to get the attention of teenagers on social media, her business has been growing ever since.

As of now, Aqmarithm on Instagram has reached up to 36.6k followers and they even have their own official website!

Buying accessories from Aqmarithm is made easy with the website where you can just add them to your cart and check out. Not only that they provide high-quality accessories, but all of their items also start from RM8 only. To purchase their items, you can go through their website or Instagram account.

Sources: Instagram @aqmarithm, Aqmarithm

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