West Javanese art is unique as a characteristic of customs
The existence of West Javanese art has long been a leader in regional potential since time immemorial. The wide range of regional arts passed down by ancestors has survived to this day. The culture of this area has always been an inherent identity that has been known to the wider community.
All regions in Indonesia must have their own cultures and customs that they can emphasize as their own identity. All elements of society are also involved in ensuring that the various arts born remain sustainable until any time. In addition to being done for the preservation of the local culture, it can, of course, be used as an attraction for tourists.
For visitors who come to this region, of course, they are no strangers at various unique performances. Until now , public entertainment is still held in honor of the custom, so that later it never disappears. Since the area is so large, it is not surprising that the development of this culture can be known to the public.
Many people are interested in learning more about West Javanese art , because it has a uniqueness. By getting to know the culture of the area, you need to be more respectful of the existence of observed customs. So, the following list of arts should be used as a reference to have an overview of culture.
Wayang Golek art tradition becomes public entertainment
In ancient times, of course, there was no advanced technology as now in the lives of people in Indonesia. In an effort to find entertainment , it is not surprising that different kinds of performances always bring regional art. Various tools can be used and used to attract public attention.
Various forms of artistic media are still created and done by hand in each performance held. One form of entertainment at that time often used puppet media to tell stories. Different stories are also told on the basis of legends that have been passed down through generations by ancestors depending on the culture.
In addition to using stories and legends to be brought to the show, it also turns out that often there is also humor. This West Javanese art is often used to allow residents to enjoy comedy. Since the past, comedy has often been performed in order to evoke laughter in any audience.
Wayang golek, which is in fact a typical art form, has a shape reminiscent of a small human figure. But, of course, the form of wayang golek is formed according to its character in order to be more colorful during the performance. It is also used to make it easier to get to know each character from the puppet.
Each puppeteer, as the person who controls the wayang golek, must have their own characteristics related to the submission. To date, some puppeteers enjoy great popularity if they can attract traction during performances. Since this art form exists to this day, wayang golek will always be popular.
Sisingaan is often used as a reference for certain traditional events
Continuing to discuss other Western Javanese arts , it turns out that each event has a certain performance according to its custom. In addition to focusing as a spectacle, it turns out that different arts are also performed in order to preserve the culture in society. By following the development of existing art, he is certainly able to provide a unique feeling while enjoying the performance.
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 in order to bring someone’s celebration to life. Residents who have a certain celebration arrange a sisingaan, which we will commemorate as a moment of life.
Usually, sisingaan is performedn when the boy goes through a period of circumcision or circumcision, which is to be celebrated immediately. Circumcision is carried out once in a lifetime, so many residents want to hold a special event for their children. The traditional form of the event is usually carried out by creating a convoy in the form of a lion stretched.
During the convoy process of West Javanese art, the child will be raised by an artificial lion. Later, children who have a celebration will be taken around the area near where they live. This is also intended to let locals know that the child has committed circumcision.
To this day, the tradition of sisingaan is still preserved in memory of a once-in-a-lifetime moment of a child. You can also participate in preserving the culture when you have a designated celebration. So, no matter how long the form of tradition from sisingaan never disappears from people’s lives.
Angklung Music Art one of the regional instruments
Looking at the evolution of time by timeline, regional forms of performance must be available in a variety of forms. In the previous discussion, you began to get acquainted with wayang golek and sisingaan as an example. This time, however, musical art is also very closely intertwined in West Javanese art culture.
Music has always been created so that in the life of locals they can enjoy the song as a form of entertainment. At the same time, they will play various musical instruments to create a beautiful sound that you can enjoy. Many people think that life without music feels that beauty has no color.
When you know the music in the West Java region, of course you know Angklung. This type of instrument always appears in the entertainment of citizens to become music. Usually, angklung is found in gamelan to create a unique sound as a musical decorator.
Angklung is made of bamboo, which is arranged in such a way that it can make a sound when vibrating. To play this West Javanese artistic instrument , it only requires a hand that moves quickly. In general, angklung instrument players consist of many people at once to create different sounds.
Since an angklung is a musical instrument, it 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 managed to be preserved in music even in modern times.
Horse humming as a culture and a popular show
The discussion of other folk entertainment, of course, cannot be separated from the existence of lump horses due to its popularity. Basically, a lump of horses is a dance that has a unique style in the performance. From the past until now, this type of entertainment has always been sought after, and the public still asks for it.
The West Javanese artistic dance called kuda lumping consists of many elements at once in the presentation of hiburan. Starting with the dancer and music player, he has his own task to make the spectacle more interesting. One of the uniqueness of this usual event lies in the extreme scenes that the dancers perform.
Initially, the dancer performs a special ritual as the opening of the event from the beginning of the music. When the dancer is ready, he begins his movements by riding a horse made of a special strap. In a moment, the dancer will experience ownership and will perform dangerous scenes at the core of the show.
Usually, assistants begin to give glasses and lights so that the dancers eat while they are obsessed. Although the scene is very dangerous, the dancer will not suffer the slightest injury during the scene. In fact, logically, it must have the potential to cause danger to the dancer’s body when experiencing this possession.
According to local indigenous beliefs , the science of invulnerability has been learned by dancers and gains strength when it is obsessed. Despite this, lump horses are still popular and able to entertain the public. In this way, the hereditary tradition of West Javanese art from ancestors never fades.