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by on Monday, 26 June 2006No Comment | 2,453 views

Onggar-onggar is the name of the traditional head-dress which is used for the Rejang Saput Karah Dance from the traditional village of Bungaya in Karangasem. Bungaya is one of the oldest villages in Bali. It has many special ritual ceremonies. Like other traditional villages which are located in Karangasem regency such as Tenganan Pegringsingan, Tenganan Dauh Tukad and Asak, it possesses a sacred and holy dance (Tari Rejang) which has different names and costumes in each village. The dancers are young girls (Daa), drawn from the local community. This sacred dance is performed for certain ceremonies for the worship of the Gods called Dewa Yadnya.


In the sacred and holy Rejang dance of Bungaya, all the Rejang dancers will dance on certain days for as long as the ceremonies go on. The most complete costume of the sacred Rejang dance can be seen when the Ngusaba Dangsil ceremony is held every 10 years. There are two sorts of dances each with its own particular costume. The first is the Rejang Saput Karah dance where the dancers wear the gelung onggar-onggar (onggar-onggar head-dress) and the Saput Karah (the karah cloth) which gives its name to the dance.

The gelung onggar-onggar is the most prominent and interesting feature of the Rejang Saput Karah costume: the white represents sacred simplicity and contrasts with the red-coloured Saput Karah cloth, and the yellow embroidered cloth. At the end of the Pengusaban ceremony when the Gods return to the heaven the Rejang dance is danced once again, using a different costume, without the Onggar-onggar head-dress. Then it is called “Tari Rejang Pengusaban” (the dance at the end of the ritual ceremony).

The dancers nowadays also wear the intricately embroidered songket cloth and their hair is adorned with fragrant jasmine flowers. Instead of white pappers ones used in other Rejang dances.



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