kecak

noun
ke·​cak | \ ˈke-ˌchäk How to pronounce kecak (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ketjak

Definition of kecak

: a Balinese dance and rhythmic chant depicting the battle from the Hindu epic Ramayana in which the god Rama fights the demonic King Ravana with the help of the monkey god Hanuman The kecak became a performance by men playing the part of an army of monkeys that helps Prince Rama rescue Princess Sita … — J. S. Eades, translation of Shinji Yamashita, Bali and Beyond, 2003

called also Ramayana monkey chant

First Known Use of kecak

circa 1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Kecak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kecak. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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