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Bali says no to stripteases BALI - A tourism official in Bali has criticized certain nightclubs on the resort island that entertain visitors with striptease performances. "If a striptease that doesn’t correspond with the local people’s culture is freely performed in the country’s famous tourist resort, it will harm Balinese tourism culture, which predominantly reflects Hinduism," head of the provincial tourism department Gde Pitana was quoted as saying by state news agency Antara on Saturday (14/9/02).
Balinese women for centuries were often topless, but in 1848 the Dutch colonial administration passed a law requiring them to wear blouses – ostensibly to protect the morals of Dutch soldiers. Women still go topless in some rural areas, although the practice remains technically outlawed.
These days in Bali’s big cities, the only topless women to be seen in public are Western tourists sunbathing on beaches or by swimming pools. But some discos are now hiring “erotic dancers” to tantalize male patrons. Bali has long been famous for its traditional erotic dances, such as the bumbung, in which a female dancer teases the audience with sensuous movements and invites a man on stage to join her for some sexy gyrations.
Before guardians of morality insisted that females cover themselves, women were often topless in various Balinese dances. These dances caught the attention of some Western filmmakers, who in the early 1930s made movies shot on location that featured bevies of topless Balinese women. Such films include Goona Goona (Love Powder) and Legong (Dance of the Virgins).
Although prostitution is thriving in Bali, many of the sex-workers and erotic dancers in nightclubs are from Java, whereas local women tend to stick with traditional dancing and don’t expose their breasts. Pitana said tourists in Bali generally spend their time enjoying the beautiful scenery and traditional dances. "Some specific traditional dances are also performed in sacred places and can be enjoyed both by foreign and domestic tourists."
He said that in line with a gubernatorial decree, discos should only be located in the Kuta and Sanur resort areas. The provincial tourism department and local authorities regularly monitor the development of nightspots in the province’s entertainment areas, he said, adding that: "We always anticipate such places being used for prostitution.”



Posted in Tourism @ 16 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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