Theater and martial arts in West Sumatra : Randai and silek of the Minangkabau

  title={Theater and martial arts in West Sumatra : Randai and silek of the Minangkabau},
  author={Kirstin Pauka},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={488 - 489}
Randai, the popular folk theater tradition of the Minangkabau ethnic group in West Sumatra, has evolved to include influences of martial arts, storytelling, and folk songs. Theater and Martial Arts in West Sumatra describes the origin, development, and cultural background of randai and highlights two recent developments: the emergence of female performers and modern staging techniques. This book also explores the indigenous martial arts form silek, a vital part of randai today. The strong… 
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