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Reog Tengger: Mystical Dance of the Tenggerese on Mount Bromo

Reog Tengger: Mystical Dance of the Tenggerese on Mount Bromo

Reog Tengger: Mystical Dance of the Tenggerese on Mount Bromo. Standing gloriously in the gigantic caldera of the once old Mount Tengger, is Mount Bromo, The symbol of East Java, a really brilliant ponder. Its terrific dawn and staggering pleasant landscape have spellbound visitors from all around the world. Mount Bromo is likewise the home of the Tengger sub-ethnic gathering who until today still save their well established customs and lifestyle. One of these is the craft of Reog. In spite of the fact that Reog itself begins from the neighboring rule of Ponorogo, the Reog Tengger has its own particular qualities that recognizes it from Reog Ponorogo.

Reog is a customary Javanese move from East Java that includes numerous components including agile movement, remarkable physical quality, and in addition indulgent ensembles and adornments.

The primary character of Reog is the enchanted lion-like animal called Singa Barong. Singa Barong is an immense cover made to take after a tiger’s or panther’s head, over whose head are fanatics of long peacock plumes. The Singa Barong veil is famously overwhelming where the artist must be equipped for conveying the 30 to 40 kg cover by the quality of his teeth as it were. Hence individuals trust that the individual ready to execute this accomplishment should without a doubt have powerful capacities and quality.

What Reog Tengger: Mystical Dance of the Tenggerese on Mount Bromo?

Now and then, the Singa Barongan – here and there called barongan – may likewise convey a young fellow or young lady on the lion’s head. Notwithstanding the heaviness of the individual sitting over the lion’s head, in this manner, the Reog artist should then bear a weight of 100 kilograms , and this lone by the quality of his teeth! . Holding this enormous substantial cover by gnawing into it, he depends on the quality of his jaws, neck and shoulder muscles. The width of the veil itself traverses in excess of 2.5 meters including the peacock plumes and other beautiful improvements.


A Reog execution more often than not comprises of three arrangements of moves while each move is performed by a few people. The first is the opening move, performed by warok, male artists wearing totally dark ensembles symboliseing harsh men wearing threatening mustache and other manly attributes.The second is the Jaran Kepang move performed by Jatil which was initially performed by a gemblak, a great looking, high school kid wearing beautiful outfit. Today female artists generally assume this part.

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While the third move is the principle fascination of the show performed together by all Reog artists. The warok as the star male entertainer, conveys the huge and overwhelming lion cover and moves on focal point of the audience while the others move around him. To stress the barongan artist’s phenomenal quality, the Jatil at that point hops to finish everything, riding the lion cover and is then along these lines taken around the field.

Roots and significance of Reog Tengger

The Reog move depicts the narrative of Klono Sewandono, lord of Ponorogo who ventured to Kediri to look for the hand of Princess Songgo Langit. On this voyage, the King alongside his escort and warriors were assaulted by a horrendous creature called Singa Barong, a legendary lion with peacock quills on its head. An extraordinary fight followed which included in physical battles as well as utilizing powerful ability.

The execution is then joined by lively music of the customary gamelan ensemble that include the gendang, gong, saron, kenong, angklung, and other conventional instruments. Be that as it may, particular from the first Reog Ponorogo, Reog Tengger additionally consolidates current melodic instruments, for example, the electric guitar and bass. These are advancements made by the Tenggerese, that incorporate conventional melodies as well as the more current ‘campur sari’ tumes that are extremely prevalent among the Tengger people group.

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Another distinctive part of Reog Tengger when contrasted with Reog Ponorogo is that while Reog Ponorgo depends generally on remarkable physical quality that has been produced over years of escalated preparing, the Reog Tengger includes more mysterious components where the barongan’s artist is brought into a daze when he plays out the move. To accomplish this, uncommon arrangements are required before every execution: A ‘dukun’ or ‘shaman’ gets ready offerings to favor the execution and to pull in ‘spirits’ to participate in the execution. The offerings incorporate gedang ayu, rokok kinangan komplet (hand-moved cigarette comprising of areca nut, betel, and a mix of three blossoms known as KembangTelon), Jenang Wonco (conventional Javanese tidbits cooked in five hues: white, red, green, yellow, and dark), Sego Gulung (7 rice balls with steamed egg filling), dark espresso (without sugar), new water, kembang setaman (different sorts of blooms), pituan (Coconut, rice, and 5 crude eggs), and the sky is the limit from there.

When you go to Bromo in East Java set aside opportunity to witness this uncommon execution!

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