Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Long time ago, circumcision was done in a very traditional way. The bamboo was cut and sliced until it became sharp and that was used as the knife. With no anesthetic, the boy who had been circumcised, would be put in a cold river so as to stop the bleeding and the cold water would numb the pain for a short while. At the same time, he was carried around the village with people singing and dancing so as to make him forget the pain. Thank god I was born in the era where I did not have to go through all this for circumcision.

This was the opening number during the performance at Saung Udjo Angklung when I was there om 15th September 2016. I wonder would this be enough to entertain the poor little boy. :)