Rejang Dewa. In every temple ceremony (odalan) in temple of Banjar Kalah this Rejang Dewa dance by the children from Tunas Maragawi, and is usually accompanied by gemelan group of Banjar Kalah, Gurnita Sari. But in the odalan this time the musicians were also the children of Banjar Kalah. These young boys performed the gamelan accompaniment of Rejang Dewa.

Rejang Dewa Br.Kalah Pura Catur Bhuana
children rehearsal at Banjar Kalah

The boys had been trained before the odalan, and almost every day they rehearsed and sometimes up to 4 hours. They rehearsed the instrumental Gilak and the gamelan accompaniment of Rejang Dewa dance.

The gamelan teacher were I Made Putra Wijaya and Gareng Maha Laksana. They had been teaching the children earlier before. They taught a kind of Balinese marching band called “Baleganjur“. In the odalan at this time they would performing gamelan, about this plan f was given an opportunity in helping to train these children. Some model of interlocking parts of gamelan songs (kotekan) were simplified in order made it easy to learn and to master the song.

Rejang Dewa Br.Kalah Pura Catur Bhuana
general rehearsal of all children dancers and gamelan musicians

This was the result …..
For some Rejang dancers from kindergarten and elementary school, this was their first time performed (ngayah) Rejang Dewa dance. Not only for the dancers, this was also a debut performance for the boys, first time performed dedicated to their own temple of Banjar Kalah community.

It looked that they enjoyed very much their performance. Cheers for a good work!

Rejang Dewa Br.Kalah Pura Catur Bhuana
performing ngayah at Temple of the Banjar

Rejang Dewa Br.Kalah Pura Catur Bhuana
the Rejang dancers and the Baris Jago dancers in a ritual before dancing
at Pura Catur Bhuana Banjar Kalah

Rejang Dewa

Rejang Dewa is a sacred dance that usually performs during the temple ceremony procession. This dance normally danced by the very young girls who have not been yet menstruating.

The costume of the Rejang Dewa dance is very typical a white-yellow nuanced and wear a head dresses or Gelungan made of young coconut leaves decorated with flowers. The dancers also wearing a shawl that in some of its movements dancing it in circle formation, this is also has the meaning to cleanse the place