Traditions and Art

Calung DOK. DISPARBUD JABAR

Calung DOK. DISPARBUD JABAR

The traditions or customs of the community in the area of geopark is organizing ceremonies and martial arts performances. Types of traditions that are still maintained in the geopark is a way of farming (tatanen), and the “Hajat Laut”. While aspects of the performing arts in the form of folklore, folk games, traditional music and dance; and the martial arts called “Pencak Silat”.

Procedures of cultivating rice as a main food for the geopark region is still influenced by tradition of Kasepuhan Ciptagelar. The rules that apply starting from selecting the type of rice to be planted, planting ceremony until harvest ceremony.

The traditional ceremony “Sea Feast” or called by the Sundanese as “Hajat Laut” is usually held in the area of West Java, especially on the south coast. This ceremony is a traditional ceremony of coastal fishing communities as an expression of gratitude to God for the abundant marine products and as a prayer of safety for fishermen.

Folktales are stories or myths that developed in the community and are believed to have links with the surrounding natural conditions. As various legends behind the existence of waterfall or the name of the island and the animal shaped rocks types at the geopark, as well as the myth of the existence of Queen Nyi Roro Kidul as the queen of the southern coast guard.

In the Ciletuh and surrounding area traditional games are still played by children. Some of these games using simple equipment made of bamboo, wood or leaves or peels of citrus fruits, among the game is kokolécéran, wawayangan, kukudaan, ucing-ucingan, rorodaan, ulin upih, empét-émpetan, ulin cai, babalonan, sondah, sapintrong, jajangkungan dan égrang. Some of this games are sometimes played also by adult, such as jajangkungan and égrang.

Pencak silat DOK. DISPARBUD JABAR
Pencak silat DOK. DISPARBUD JABAR
Calung DOK. DISPARBUD JABAR
Calung DOK. DISPARBUD JABAR

There are several local arts are retained in Ciletuh geoarea, such as art music, traditional dance and martial arts. Music and traditional dance are integrated and mutually support one another, where the musical instruments are generally made of bamboo or wood to become art tools, such as musical instruments, masks and wooden puppet. Performing arts are often shown in the festival ceremony such as Ciletuh Festival, Hajat Laut or Celebrating Nasional days. Those art include: Gondang, Buncis, Angklung Geblug, Reog, Calung, Gendang Penca, Degung, Badawang, Kuda Lumping, Wayang Golek (puppet show), as well as martial art of Pencak Silat.