January 25, 2021

Triwana

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Jembrana Districts

When hearing the sound of bamboo gambelan that is buzzing with a very agile beat, that is the Karawitan art of Jegog. The Bamboo Gambelan device is a characteristic of Jembrana area, one of the regencies in Bali located on the western side of the island of Bali. When Karawitan art in other Balinese areas has similarities, Jegog really has a very different nuance that sounds very distinctive in the ears.

Jembrana with its capital of the country is a region of 841.8 square kilometers which is largely a forest area. Forest areas of the country with Tropical flora and fauna is a green area of the island of Bali so the area is designated as a protected area known as West Bali National Park. Neighboring East Java, the natural condition and West Bali forests are more similar to the natural state of Banyuwangi in East Java. The atmosphere of teak and coconut forest in East Java is still felt in the West Bali area and gradually to the natural impression of Bali in the border area between Jembrana and Tabanan.

Not only nature, some people of Jembrana who are immigrants from Java also give the training atmosphere of Javanese pattern to the culture of Bali. Of the about 220,000 inhabitants of Jembrana, some of them are settlers from Java who embraced Islam. Quite possibly the proximity of the distance between Jembrana and East Java compared with Tabanan resulted in a strong influence between two areas separated by the Bali Strait.

Although Jembrana implies Javanese characteristic that is quite viscous does not mean that Jembrana has no history of Hindu travel records. A series of several temples on the southern coast of Jembrana as for example, Pura scaffolding, Pura Rambut Siwi and some other temples show evidence that Jembrana keeps a record of panting from the Hindu journey from Java to Bali in the early days of Balinese history.