Rodat

 

Rodat is a folkdance of Terengganu. However, the dance is believed to have originated from Arabia and brought to Malaya via Sambas, Indonesia.

Rodat is a short form of two words - Hadrat Baghdad which means zikir (songs in praise of Allah and Prophet Muhammad) Baghdad.

The Rodat originally consisted only of zikir without any dance movements. However, during the 1930s, Rodat was performed with dancing in which the female parts were performed by transvestite dancers (like the Hadrah). But, after World War II, women dancers perform the female parts, and Rodat was not only presented at weddings but also during circumcision ceremonies, after harvest, as well as secular and religious ceremonies.

The number of performers was from 20 to 26 and they were divided into 'pelenggok' (12 male dancers), 'pengadi' (eight drummers) and mak inang (four to six female dancers). The basic movements of Rodat are divided into sitting-kneeling, a combination of squatting and standing (performed mainly by male dancers) and standing movements.

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