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Tinikling, Austronesian or Colonial origin?

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Tinikling, Austronesian or Colonial origin?

Postby hansioux » 27 Jul 2015, 16:44

Tinikling, a dance where dancers would stand between two bamboo poles and avoid being hit by the poles, is typically called 竹竿舞 (bamboo poles dance) in Mandarin. I've only heard and read that it used to be performed by Taiwanese aboriginals. Back in college, I went to see a couple Philippines Cultural Night performances, and saw Tinikling for the first time. The one that was stuck in my head was not performed to rondalla music, and the dancers did Kali sticks performance while Tinikling. The power of the performance shocked me, and I could see it as a form of battle training (or it could just be the shirtless muscly dancers).


A more "traditional" performance set to rondalla music

Then, last week, before a baseball game at Hualian, the traditional aboriginal dance group from National Hualian Vocational High School of Agriculture performed a traditional Amis (Pangcah) dance. In the dance all dancers had two Kali looking sticks.



Judging from other amis performances, these high school kids didn't invent this dance. In these separate performances, the Kali looking sticks seems to be an integral part of Amis Tinikling.





Compare that to Tinikling with Eskrima



Wikipedia for Tinikling says legend has it tinikling was invented in Leyte. If that's true, then someone has brought it to Taiwan and the Pangcah people. The only candadit for that would be the Japanese, and they could have done that for tourism purposes. However, since the Amis dance included Kali sticks looking props, could it be that the dance originated from Taiwan and spread to the Philippines and the innovation of tinikling in the Philippines was setting it to rondalla music and removed the battle training significance to the dance?
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