Perak MuseumJalan Taming Sari 34000 0
Dabus was originally a kind of martial arts before it evolved and was transformed into a dance form. Therefore, it is influenced by warrior-like movements that demand agility, nimbleness and grace from the dancers. Dabus has been one of the traditional dances of Perak since more than 300 years ago. It is a unique art that combines music, singing and dancing. Dabus Bagan Datoh consists of three variations, namely Hayun Tajak, Helang Sewah and Susun Sireh. These dance variations are accompanied by the music from rebana dabus and dabus songs or nasyeed. The main highlight of the dance is the usage of a pair of sharp metal rods called anak Dabus (child of Dabus). In this ritual-like dance, the dancers will pierce their arms with the metal rods until they bleed. A performer called the khalifah (leader) will attempt to lessen the pain by reciting incantations and cleaning the wound using specially-blessed water. This dance is usually performed during festivities.