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Jakarta Post

In the local dialect, gandrung means to be deeply in love, to be smitten with someone or something. For the people of Banyuwangi, most of whom are farmers, the object of their affection is the rice goddess Dewi Sri and the dance is their expression of gratefulness to her for a successful harvest. This respect infuses the desire of the local people — known as Blambangan for the traditional kingdom of the area — to develop and preserve the dance.

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(The Jakarta Post / Wendra Ajistyatama)