HomeBlogs Seblang Traditional Art Banyuwangi has two kinds of Seblang ceremonies. They are Seblang Oleh
Sari and Seblang Bakungan. Seblang Ritual is one of public ritual of
Using community that can found in two villages in Glagah district,
Banyuwangi, that is Bakungan and Olihsari. This ritual is held for pray
and wishfull to the God, in order to get the welfare and secure. This
ritual is as same as Sintren ritual in Cirebon area, Jaran Kepang and
Sanghyang in Bali Island.
Seblang dance in both villages has
different time, in Olihsari village usually held a week after Id Fitr,
while in Bakungan held a week after Id Adha. The dancers are chosen by
a supernatural man and usually, the dancers must come from the previous
dancers. In Olihsari village, the dancers must young girls, while in
Bakungan the dancers must women in 50 years old above who get menopause.
Seblang dance actually is very old tradition, so it difficult to know
about its history. But based on a source, the first Seblang dancer is
Semi, who is the beginner woman of Gandrung dancer (die in 1973). After
she got secure from her disease, then her mother promise (Mak Midah or
Mak Milah) must be done, Semi finally became Seblang in her childhood
till younger, she was Gandrung dancer.