West Javanese art has uniqueness as a characteristic of customs
The existence of West Javanese art has long been a leader in regional potential since time immemorial. Various types of regional arts that were passed down by ancestors, are still preserved today. The culture of the region has always been an inherent identity to know the community at large.
All regions of Indonesia must have their own cultures and customs to be highlighted as a personal identity. All elements of society also participate so that the variety of arts that are born remains sustainable at all times. In addition to being made for the preservation of the local culture, of course, it can be used as an attraction for tourists.
For visitors who come to this area, they are certainly no strangers to a variety of unique shows. Until now, public entertainment is still required to respect customs so that it never fades later. Because the area is very large, it is not surprising that the development of this culture can be experienced by 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 a region, you must 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 vision of culture.
Wayang Golek art tradition becomes community entertainment
In ancient times, of course, there was no advanced technology like today in people’s lives in Indonesia. In an effort to find entertainment, it’s no surprise that various types of shows always bring out regional arts. Various instruments can be used and used as best as possible in order to attract the attention of the public.
Various forms of artistic media are still created and executed manually in each organized performance. One form of entertainment at that time often used puppet media to tell stories. Various stories are also told from legends that have been told for generations by ancestors 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. This West Javanese art is often used so that residents can enjoy the comedy. Since the past, comedy has often been performed in order to be able to invite laughter to all audiences.
Wayang golek, which actually becomes a distinctive art form, has a shape resembling a small human figure. But of course, the form of wayang golek is formed according to its 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 in the puppet.
Each puppeteer, as the person who controls the wayang golek, must have their own characteristics related to carrying. So far, some puppeteers have had great popularity if they are able to invite traction during performances. Because there is still this art form until now, wayang golek will always be a favorite.
Sisingaan is often used as a show for some traditional events
Continuing with the discussion of other Western Javanese arts, it turns out that each event has a certain performance according to its customs. In addition to aiming as a show, it turns out that various arts are also performed in order to preserve culture in society. By following the development of existing art, it is certainly able to provide a unique feel while enjoying the show.
At this point, it will be explained in detail about sisingaan which is also popular all the time. Sisingaan can be found at certain events for the purpose of enlivening someone’s celebration. Residents who have some celebration, will hold a sisingaan to commemorate as a moment of a lifetime.
Usually, sisingaan is performed only when a boy is going through a period of circumcision or circumcision to be celebrated immediately. Circumcision is performed once in a lifetime, so many citizens want to organize 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 will be raised by an artificial lion body. Later, children who have a celebration will be taken to an area near their home. This is also intended for local residents to know that the child has committed circumcision.
Until now, the tradition of Sisingaan is still preserved to commemorate a unique moment in the life of a child. You can also participate to preserve the culture when you have a designated celebration. Thus, no matter how long the form of the side tradition 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 a variety of different forms. In the previous discussion , you started to know the wayang golek and sisingaan as an example. But this time, musical art is also very closely linked to Western Javanese artistic culture.
Music has always been created so that, in the lives of local residents , they can enjoy the sound of songs as a form of entertainment. Various musical instruments will be played simultaneously so that they can form a beautiful sound to enjoy. Many residents think that life without music gives the impression that there is a lack of color of beauty.
When you know the art of music in the West Java region, of course, you are 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 a musical decoration.
Angklung is made of bamboo arranged in such a way that it can emit sounds when vibrated. To play this West Javanese art instrument, all it takes is one hand that moves quickly. In general, angklung instrument players consist of several people at once in order to form various sounds.
Because the angklung is a musical instrument, this means that the instrument has a tone pattern when played correctly. You can learn angklung and bring the instrument to modern music as it has a distinctive sound. In other words, angklung has always been able to be preserved in music, even in modern times.
The grouping of horses as a favorite culture and show
Discussing the issue of other folk entertainment, of course, it cannot be separated from the existence of grouped horses due to its popularity. Basically, horse lumping is a dance that has a unique style of performance. From the past until today, this type of entertainment has always been sought after and is still in demand by the public.
The West Javanese art dance called kuda lumping consists of several elements at once in the presentation of hiburan. From the dancer and the music player, he has his own role to make the show more interesting. One of the peculiarities of this traditional event lies in the extreme scenes performed by the dancers.
Initially, the dancers will perform a special ritual at the opening of the event since the music has begun. Once ready, the dancer will begin his movements by riding a horse made of special strap. In a few moments, the dancer is possessed and will perform dangerous scenes in the heart of the show.
Usually, the assistant begins to give glass and lamps so that the dancer can eat when he is possessed. Although the scene is very dangerous, the dancer will not suffer the slightest injury during the scene. In fact, logically speaking, it must have the potential to cause danger to the dancer’s body during the experience of possession.
According to local customary beliefs, the science of invulnerability was learned by dancers and gained strength when possessed. Despite this, group horses are still popular and able to entertain the public. In this way, the hereditary traditions of The Ancestors ‘ Western Javanese art will never fade.