Love Is In the Air
Lovey-dovey groovy kind of love. Daling Daling, a dance to woo your loved one.
Daling Daling is a traditional dance performed in weddings and other social occassions. The Bajau of Semporna in Sabah are especially fond of and excel in this dance. Though the origin of this dance is not quite clear, it is believed to come from the Suluk people from the southerm Philippine. The word Daling is of course the English equivalent of darling, pronounced without the “r” sound.
Rhyming-folksong usually accompanies the dance. The rhymes recited can be quite jolly & sometimes with innuendos thrown in for a good measure, if you can understand the lingo.
Most notable will be the fake-nails worn on the female dancers. And the male dancer always gives me the impression that he is doing a Silat (Malay martial art) to woo & impress the ladies. Maybe that’s where the false nails come in useful. Slash…. if the silat-dance is not up to scratch. Jokes apart, I am quite impressed with this dance.