Hegong Dance, a Dance Welcoming Participants of the World Policewomen Conference in Labuan Bajo
Policewomen from around the world as well as participants of the 58th International Association of Women Police (IAWP) underwent a city tour at Batu
TRIBUNBATAM.id, LABUAN BAJO -- Policewomen from around the world as well as participants of the 58th International Association of Women Police (IAWP) underwent a city tour at Batu Cermin Cave and visited Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, Tuesday, (11/09/2021).
The presence of the policewomen was welcomed by art studios and traditional dances from various regions in Flores.
One of them is the hegong dance performed by the Labuan Bajo Maumere Family Association (IKM).
The head of the Labuan Bajo Maumere Family Association, Germanus Wengs, explained that the hegong dance is one of the traditional dances from Maumere, Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara.
The dance is usually performed in groups by male and female dancers dressed in traditional clothes while accompanied by the gong waning music.
The hegong dance, he said, is usually played by six to 10 dancers. Of that number, one person acts as the dance leader in the very front position.
The dancers are equipped with Ikun, Lesu, and Reng as attributes for dancing.
Ikun is a knife-like weapon made of wood and decorated with a horse's tail.
Then, Lesu is a kind of handkerchief that is used as a complement to the hand movements of the dancers.
Meanwhile, Reng is a kind of anklet equipped with a rivet.