March 8, 2021

Sanghyang Bojog Dance in Karangasem Bali

Tari Sanghyang Bojog is one of the dance rituals performed by the community in Bugbug Village, Karangasem Regency. Bojog means ape, monkey. This is a sacred dance and is only performed at certain times.

The Sanghyang Bojog dance is believed by the local community as a ritual to repel reinforcements or "ngeruwat mala" from disease outbreaks and natural disasters that attack the villagers.

Two adult males become dancers for Sanghyang Bojog, as a medium of the holy spirit. The dancers wear costumes, make-up, and also tail ornaments so that they really resemble a monkey.

A special ritual is carried out before this sacred dance is staged so that it is given smoothness and safety. The dancers sat cross-legged by the incense smoke. The holy spirit (bojog) is invited to enter the dancer's body. As a dance accompaniment, the choir group began to sing the melodious and mystical Gending Sanghyang.

In a trance, the dancers begin to make movements or behave like apes, such as: climbing trees, jumping, getting into bushes, and so on. At the end, the dancer is sprinkled with holy water (tirta) by the temple priest. The dancers regained their senses, while the spirit was released back to its origin.


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