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A Short History of Jegog


Bamboo gamelan first appeared in 1912, in western Bali. From Negara it spread throughout the Jembrana Regency as popular entertainment for the predominantly farming villagers, who then adopted it to mark harvest festivals, celebrations, and religious ceremonies. In the 1940s it was sadly banned by Bali’s Dutch rulers who were wary of the large gatherings it encouraged and worried that the bamboo tubes could be used as weapons of uprising against them. There followed a 30-year silence until the culture of jegog was revived in the 70s and energetically promoted by Pak Suwentra.

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