Ceremonies comprising daytime male martial dances and night-time round dances performed by women (e.
Ambon and Seram in Central Maluku also share martial dances and other cultural attributes with North Sulawesi, partly as a result of inter-island trade.
There are two categories of martial dances and music in the Ternate palace.
As in Ambon and many other parts of Maluku, ritual music and dance in Seram divides into the male martial dances performed all day and the mixed sex round dances performed all night, accompanied by tifa.
Male martial dances called sasoi damar (torch dance), sasoi panah (arrows) or sasoi katar (shield dance) may be merged with the softer Malay/Portuguese-influenced female dancing to symbolise the termination of warfare in victory and peace.
Martial dances are accompanied by one gambus and five to six mewas or marwas (small two-headed hand-played drums).
11 ( ANI ): Scores of national and international artistes mesmerised the audience in Bhubaneswar with their scintillating performance at the Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav,a festival of martial dances, aimed at promoting Odisha state's culture and heritage.
The martial dances are an amalgamation of various martial art postures, which are blended with graceful dance forms.