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Ronggeng and Desire

Ronggeng and Desire

(p.76) Three Ronggeng and Desire
Erotic Triangles
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the female singer-dancers—ronggeng—who are emblems of the dance events. While drumming for dance—especially in its ambiguity with regard to who leads and who follows—models the contradictions that characterize ideologies of masculinity; female performers embody a contradiction of their own: their nature is simultaneously both divine and profane. The professional female entertainers create a representation of this vital goddess-whore contradiction in dance events by the performance styles that they adopt.

Keywords:   female singer-dancers, ronggeng, dance events, divine, profane, female performers, goddess, whore

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