East Javanese trance dances

An dialog from the jinarwa list. 14 February, 1995

Date: Tue, 14 Feb 1995 12:44:19 -0600
From: grunden amanda m <agrunden@uxa.cso.uiuc.edu>
Subject: Reog
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I am a grad. student doing a project on E. Javanese trance dances and would appreciate any correspondence regarding these traditions - jaran kepang, reog, kuda lumping, dan tari kesurupan in general.

Also, answers to the following questions would be helpful.

Yah, ada banyak pertanyaan, tetapi kalau bisa membantu hanya sedikit, biaklah.



Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 11:24:05 +0100 (MET)
From: Ben Arps <ARPS@rullet.LeidenUniv.nl>
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Amanda M. Grunden enquired about E. Javanese trance dances.

The person to approach about East Javanese trance performances is:

Dr. Victoria M. Clara van Groenendael
Spuistraat 253-III
1012 VR Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Victoria has done extensive fieldwork on the subject, produced several papers (one is listed in Caraka no. 22/23 [Dec. 1994], p.17), and is working on a monograph. She is probably not on the internet.

I do not know about such performance genres in transmigrasi areas in Indonesia, but in Suriname (and in the Netherlands, where thousands of Suriname Javanese moved in the 1970s) they certainly exist. Some sources:

Gooswit, Sylvia. 1988. Jaran kepang in Suriname: een kwestie van rukun.
Unpublished MA thesis, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen.
Grasveld, Fons, and Klaas Breunissen. 1990. 'Ik ben een Javaan uit Suriname.'
[Hilversum:] Stichting IdeBle Filmprodukties. [119 pp. Jaran kepang on pp. 78-81.]
Wengen, G. D. van. 1975. The cultural inheritance of the Javanese in Surinam.
Leiden: E. J. Brill. Mededelingen van het Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, 19. [iii + 55 pp.] [Jaran kepang on pp. 34-38.]

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