Jaran Kepang: An Unique Javanese Traditional Dance

'Jaran' means horse and 'kepang' is a rather thin, roll-up bamboo braid. The Jaran Képang (or Kuda Lumping) as culture, is a ritual dance performed on painted, braided bamboo horses. The horses which used in this performance are made of warimbo. The horses are painted; the colors indicate the spirit in the dancer comes when it has fallen into a trance. The main colors are black, red-brown and white.

Jaran Kepang Javanese Traditional Dance

Such a jaran kepang group also has a leader. The horse that used on the performance gets the colors of an apple mold: white with black stains. The horses also have names. The black horses are called mendhung (rain cloud) or kombang (brown black bumblebee). The red-brown horses are called mawar (rose) or méga (white cloud). The white horses are called melati (jasmine) or cantilever (similar, sofa bed). The horses are decorated. First one makes a red-white one cloth on the backs of the horses. Other decorations are fixed to this. In many Javanese rituals the colors white and red are used. It is the color combination witred that is full of meaning. Red is the color of it earthly life and is also the color for the feminine. White symbolizes the spiritual world, but is also the color of the masculine.

Jaran Kepang performance

Jathilan (jaranne jan thil-thilan tenan) is originally a boy dance show with the same kind stock horses as in jaran képang. The accompaniment is also provided by a gamelan group with a small one occupation: saron, kendhang and a small gong set. The duration depend the public's interest.

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