Fighting art in Suriname

Fighting arts such as susa in Suriname may already be extinct. Susa is an activity reported form Saramakan Maroon groups in Suriname (Dutch Guyana) by Dutch sources in the late seventeenth century.

The obviously martial activity was accompanied by percussive music (drumming and hand-clapping).
In Suriname, former Dutch Guyana, a Javanese minority has been present since the colonial period. Today Javanist organizations in Suriname are promoting the ancient Javanese language and script and traditional cultural forms, beliefs and practices.

The martial art pencak silat of Java is well known in Suriname. It was at first only practiced in secret, has become very popular in Suriname among people of all ethnicities.
Fighting art in Suriname
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