West Javanese art has uniqueness as a characteristic of its customs
The existence of West Javanese art has been a leader in regional potential since time immemorial. Several types of regional arts passed down by the ancestors are still preserved today. The culture in the area has always been an inherent identity to be known to the wider community.
All regions in Indonesia must have their own cultures and customs to be marked as self-identity. All elements of society also participate, so that the variety of arts that are born remains sustainable for every moment. In addition to being done for the preservation of local culture, it can of course be used as an attraction for tourists.
For visitors who come to this region, they are certainly no strangers with a variety of unique performances. Until now, public entertainment is still held to respect customs so that it never fades later. Since the area is very large, it is not surprising that the development of this culture may be known to the people.
Many people are interested in learning more about West Javanese art because it has a unique character. By getting to know the culture of an area , you should have more respect for the existence of customs that are maintained. So the following list of arts should be used as a reference, so that you have a picture of culture.
The tradition of Wayang Golek Art becomes community entertainment
In ancient times, of course, there was no advanced technology as there is now in the lives of people in Indonesia. In an effort to find entertainment, it’s not surprising that different types of performances always bring out regional arts. Different instruments can be used and used as best as possible to attract traction from the audience.
Various forms of art media are still created and performed manually in every performance that is held. A form of entertainment at that time often used puppet media to tell stories. Different stories are also told based on legends that have been told by ancestors for generations, depending on the culture.
In addition to using stories and legends to bring into the show, it turns out that there is also often humor in it. This West Javanese art is often used so that residents can enjoy comedy. Since the past, comedy has often been staged to invite any audience to laugh.
Wayang golek, which in fact becomes a distinctive art form, has a shape that resembles a small human figure. But of course the shape of wayang golek is formed according to his character to be more varied during the performance. It is also used to make it easier for the audience to get to know each character of the doll.
Each puppeteer as the person driving the wayang golek should have their own characteristics regarding wearing it. So far, some puppeteers have had great popularity when they can invite traction during performances. Since this art form still exists to date, wayang golek will always remain a favorite.
Sisingaan is often used as a show for certain traditional events
Continuing with the discussion of other West Javanese arts , it turns out that each event has a certain performance according to its customs. In addition to aiming as a spectacle, it appears that various arts are also practiced to preserve culture in society. By following the development of existing art, it is certainly able to provide a unique sensation while enjoying the show.
At this point it will be explained in detail about sisingaan which is also always popular. Sisingaan can be found at certain events with the aim of enlivening one’s celebration . Residents who have a particular party hold a sisingaan to be remembered as a moment of their lives.
Most often, sisingaan is performedn when a boy goes through a period of circumcision or circumcision that should be celebrated immediately. Circumcision is performed once in a lifetime, so many citizens want to hold a special event for their child. The traditional form of the event is usually done by creating a convoy in the form of a stretcher lion.
During the convoy process of West Javanese art, the child is raised by an artificial lion’s body. Later, children who hold a party are taken to an area near where they live. This is also intended so that local residents know that the child has committed circumcision.
Until now, the tradition of sisingaan has still been preserved to commemorate a once-in-a-time moment in a child’s life. You can also participate to preserve the culture when you have a designated party. So it doesn’t matter how long the form of tradition from the side will never disappear from people’s lives.
Angklung Music Art One of the regional instruments
Looking at the times according to the timeline, regional performance forms are certainly available in different forms. In the previous discussion, you started to get acquainted with wayang golek and sisingaan as an example. But this time music art is also very closely related in West Javanese art culture.
Music has always been made so that in the lives of locals can enjoy the sound of songs as a form of entertainment. Several musical instruments are played simultaneously so that they can form a beautiful sound to enjoy. Many residents think that life without music feels like there is a lack of color of beauty.
If you know the art of music in the West Java region, you are of course no stranger to angklung. This type of instrument always appears in the entertainment of citizens to become music. Usually angklung can be found on a gamelan to create a unique sound as musical decoration.
Angklung is made of bamboo that it is arranged in such a way that it can make sounds when vibrated. To play this West Javanese art instrument, all it takes is a hand that is moved quickly. In general, angklung instrument players consist of many people at once to form various sounds.
Since the angklung is a musical instrument, this means that the instrument has a tonal pattern when played correctly. You can learn angklung and bring the instrument to modern music because it has a distinctive sound. In other words, angklung has always been able to be preserved in music, even in modern times.
Horse whipping as favorite culture and show
Discussing the issue of other folk entertainment, of course, it cannot be separated from the existence of clumping horses due to its popularity. In short, horse lumping is a dance with a unique style of performance. From the past until now, this type of entertainment has always been sought after and is still popular with the public.
The West Javanese art dance called kuda lumping consists of many elements at once in presenting hiburan. Starting from the dancer and the music player, it has its own role to make the spectacle more interesting. One of the unique features of this traditional event lies in the extreme scenes performed by dancers.
Initially, dancers will perform a special ritual as the opening of the event, as the music has begun. When he is finished, the dancer begins his movements by riding a horse made of special webbing. Within moments, the dancer is possessed and will perform dangerous scenes that form the core of the show.
Usually, the assistant begins to give glass and lamps for the dancer to eat when possessed. Although the scene is very dangerous, the dancer will not suffer the slightest injury during the scene. In fact, it must logically have the potential to cause danger to the dancer’s body when experiencing the possession.
According to local customs, the science of invulnerability has been learned by dancers and has gained strength when they were possessed. Despite this, clumping horses are still popular and able to entertain the public. That way , the hereditary traditions of West Javanese art of ancestors will never fade.