HomeBlogs Gasingan (The Legendary Javanese Toy) At the past, when the civilization was not as modern as now, the
Javanese made their own toys. Toys were made from materials that they
found in their surrounding. Materials like coconut fiber, wood and
bamboo were most used. With those materials, the people were able to
make toys like car, boat, and gasingan.
Well, here I want to tell
about a legendary toy that has name Gasingan or Gasing. Today, this toy
is rare; it is not played by the children anymore. Kids prefer to play
video games, watch TV or RC car than play gasingan. Moreover, many kids
do not know if this toy exists. The only place that we can find this toy
is at tourism place around Yogyakarta. I found it at Kraton and at
Gembira Loka zoo. The price for this toy is cheap, it is about IDR4,
000. It will be cheaper when we can bid well.
This toy is
made from bamboo and wood. As we can see at the picture, the bamboo for
the tube is about ten centimeter with wood board to cover each pole. A
bamboo stick that is about twenty centimeters placed in the middle as
the wick so that it can stand when turning. A sided hole is made on the
bamboo. This hole will create sound ‘kwoooooo’ when it is played. A line
and a small lath of bamboo are used to play the toy.
gasingan is very simple; first pass the line through the hole on the
lath. Secondly, twist the line on the upper wick. Thirdly, pull the line
with one hand while the other hand is holding the lath.
past, groups of kid played gasingan. They competed to be the one whose
toy was spinning fastest and last standing. This toy was fun and very
entertaining; moreover, the game was creating communication among the
kids, they shared stories and experience.