Bali has a reputation as an area that upholds such a high culture. Therefore, arts and culture in Bali are growing rapidly. Here, you can find works of art and culture in various forms, including dance. In fact, many traditional Balinese dance works have been recognized as world cultural heritage by UNESCO.
One of the traditional dances that has a status as a world cultural heritage is joged bumbung. It’s just that, there is a sad phenomenon that needs serious attention regarding the existence of this traditional dance. This phenomenon is the existence of some elements of society who often perform this dance in a way (apologize) which is perverted and erotic.
The phenomenon of the Erotic Dance of Joged Bumbung Bali
The impression of being perverted is really attached to this traditional art. As proof of this, it is not uncommon for every dance event to be filled with masher men. This condition is exacerbated by the perverted behavior of the dancers. In practice, the bumbung dancer is used to attracting the attention of visitors to dance together in the middle of the arena.
The habit of inviting visitors to dance together is common among bumbung dancers. It’s just that, in standard, the invitation is only a temptation. Even if there are visitors who participate, the dance is still performed with polite movements. However, this condition is far different from the practice of the perverted dancers.
Irresponsible bumbung dancers often use lecherous movements. Not infrequently, the movements shown are movements like people (apologizing) having sex. This is of course quite apprehensive. Moreover, not a few children participated in watching this traditional dance performance.
Therefore, the Bali Government had the initiative to prohibit the implementation of the bumbung dance performance. However, these efforts were not enough. Not infrequently, this traditional dance that is misused as a nasty dance is performed in secret. Suddenly, this made the image of this traditional dance deteriorate.
The Origins of Bali Special Bumbung Dance
In its original standard, the bumbung dance is a positive type of traditional dance. Its existence can be traced back to the 1940s, and was used as a social dance. At that time, this dance became a means of entertainment for farmers who were tired after working all day in the fields. In practice, dancers often invite the farmers who are watching to participate.
The dancer who usually performs the bumbung dance is a woman, who shows agile and dynamic movements. In practice, the bumbung dance is often accompanied by musical accompaniment from gamelan and bamboo musical instruments. There are no specific stories that become the features of this dance performance. It’s just that, in general, Balinese dance puts forward ethics in every performance.
Therefore, nowadays Balinese people continue to try to restore the joged bumbung to its original standard. This is important, to be able to eliminate the impression as a p0rn0 dance that has developed in the wider community. Moreover, this dance was deliberately created not for nasty elements, but for pure entertainment.
That way, the image of Bali which is famous for its rich culture will not be tarnished by the actions of irresponsible people. You don’t want Indonesia’s name to be bad in international eyes, right?