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The meaning of Si Gale-Gale a wooden doll which is made by chiseled
man. Te chiseled man made the wooden doll just to remind si Gale-Gale.
The king of the famous Batak Toba had one son and his name is si Gale.
He is very kind to Si Gale, but one day, Si Gale died, and the king felt
sorrow on the death of his son.
In order to remind his son, the chiseled made made a wooden doll that
the face should be similar with si Gale. When the wooden doll
finished, the king was very happy because the doll can remind him to Si
Gale, and he always kept the doll. The king wanted to see the doll can
dance like si Gale. He ordered someone to make the doll can dance.
In order the doll can dance the man made the double strings and the
drum till the doll can dance perfectly. The king always sees the doll
when he missed him. He tried to make the doll dance. Many people watch
the doll dance.
The people of environment saw the doll danced like Si Gale
suffocately, till the people name the wooden doll is Si Gale-Gale, and
from there Si Gale-Gale has become popular as one of the tourist objects
in Toba Lake North Sumatera.And many tourists who come from the world
just to see si Gale-Gale dance.
The Orchestra and the Dance of Si Gale-Gale
The Batak is famous throughout Indonesia for their musical sense and
their taste for singing. To convince one that this reputation is
entirely merited it is enough to listen to one of many groups of Batak
songs, accompanied by thie guitar and the singing “sing-sing so“.
“Rosita“, or “Lisio“ in one of the big hotels and restaurants in
Jakarta or Parapat, and the Lake Toba tourist resort. If this does not
suffice to convince the listener of the Batak remarkable gift for music ,
we can only suggest that he can go to a church service in one of the
many churches in the Toba region and listen to the singing with gusto.
The “Hasapi“ is a two stringed violin exactly lute since it was
played without a bow. Originally the strings were made from palm fibre,
these wolud seem to have been supplemented by mental strings before the
instrument itself was a band. The Gong, the possession and utilization
of which was not only for musical reasons but had, as in many other
areas of Southeast Asia. The larger of these gongs were regarded as
sacred and handed down piously from generation to generation as sign of
he power and venerability of the family.
The drum “gondang”, generally long and thin can be adjusted by means
of the thongs which make possible the stretching of the goat or
buffallo skin covering which is struck with a drumstick. The member of
drums in the orchestra vary, sometimes there were only two but a
battery of even nine tied together by fibers or bamboo.
The composition of typical orchestra in each batak region would seem
to have been determinated by local tradition and specific to
occationally. Among the toba, it is possible to identify the two
principle variations , the gondang balon “and the gondang hasapi, the
composition of which is set out by the following example. The kind’s of
orchestra is to make si gale-gale dance, that is :
* One large drum (gondang)
* Five medium drum(tagodiang)
* One small drum (odap-odap) to keep the time vocasionally replaced by a metal disc.
* Four gongs of brass or browze
* One flute or “sarune”.