The origins of sacred dance and its development as a cultural tourism attraction (study case: bedhaya ketawang)
The Hindu-Buddha Kingdoms used to rule the Java land; leaving the architectural buildings or temples as a proof of its glory days (tangible heritages). As the power of the Hindu-Buddha kingdoms collapsed, the Islamic kingdoms started to rise. The Islamic Kingdoms doesn't leave many architectural buildings to remember its glory days; they tend to leave the intelligence cultural to pass down through generation such as dances. From Mataram Islam, they passed the Serimpi and Bedhaya (intangible heritages). Bedhaya Ketawang has been known as the most sacred dance in Kraton Surakarta. Bedhaya Ketawang there are many myths which explain the origin of the dance. The purpose of this thesis is to find out the origin and development of Bedhaya Ketawang and trying to adapt it into a cultural tourism attraction. Another reason for this thesis is to introduced this dance to the young generation as an attempt to conserve and to elicits feelings of love for their own culture. The research is descriptive. The method is qualitative with supporting quantitative data, using observation, interview and quetionnaires as research techniques. The source of data was both primary and secondary. The research found that the Bedhaya Ketawang performance now is open for people outside Kraton. Adaptation of Bedhaya Ketawang (Srimpi Anglir Mendhung) could be promoted as a contemporary art form, and the value of Javanese art history can be sustained.
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