ABSTRACT

An ancient village ritual dance (described in Soepandi and Atmadibrata 1976: 71-5; Atmadibrata 1980: 212) illustrates a practical consideration in this aesthetic connection. In dog-dog lojor, a ceremony following the harvesting of rice, the farmers make music while carrying their harvested rice to the storage area. Bundles of rice are tied to either end of poles which the harvesters carry on their shoulders. e rice on the pole becomes a musical instrument called rengkong that makes a rhythmical squeaking sound when carried properly. e sound of the rengkong is a natural consequence of their swinging motion-an audible reaction. Several dog-dog (single-head drums), each played by a marcher, provide a rhythmic accompaniment that interlocks with the sound of the rengkong. e drum sounds coordinate the actions of the farmers; the sounds also elevate the level of excitement and incite the marchers to have a good time while getting the work done.