"Injit-Injit Semut is a traditional children song that comes from the area of Batanghari, Jambi Province in Sumatra, Indonesia. Traditional songs from Jambi usually resemble poems." -Lin

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Notes

The chorus is sometimes chanted alone as part of a game.

Game Instructions

Two or more people play in a circle. Each person puts a hand on top of the hand of the player next to them while pinching the hand beneath theirs until all of the hands are stacked one on top of the other. It sort of looks like ants on top of each other. Then they start chanting the chorus over and over. After each line, the hand on the bottom goes up to the top.

Injit-injit semut, siapa sakit naik di atas...
(Step up - a bit - like an ant...)

Comments

"The song Injet Injet Semut (from Indonesia) is sung by Malay children here in Singapore and in Malaysia. It's a hand game." Terry (in Singpore)

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Lin Fadelan for translating this song for us (with Lisa) and to Terry Moran in Singapore for pointing it out!

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