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Jakarta Post

Twin Temple Festival

Mon, December 19, 2016   /   02:33 am
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    Mighty Yet Peaceful: An aura of harmony pervades Candi Plaosan, known as the twin temple, a site that has encouraged peaceful living since the shrines were built in the ninth century. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

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    Show Time: A group of women dance on stage to entertain visitors of the Twin Temple Festival.JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

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    The Stare: With full make-up, a boy dressed up in a costume is ready to participate in the Twin Temple Festival in Candi Plaosan, Central Java. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

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    Music From The Heart: A man plays a traditional musical instrument during the festival. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

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    In Trance: A man, his body smeared in paint, enjoys the music while surrounded by others. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

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    V For Victory: A group of dancers perform during the festival. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

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    Future Generation: Three youth dancers are ready to perform. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

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    Peek-A-Boo: A man with a painted face smiles behind a large puppet in the festival. JP/ Magnus Hendratmo

Unique is the attribute attached by Bugisan villagers to Candi Plaosan, the twin temple in Bugisan village, Prambanan district, Klaten regency, Central Java.

An aura of harmony pervading the temples certainly encouraged peaceful living when the shrines were built in the ninth century. This culture of harmony finally inspired the local community to set up Bugisan cultural village.

The paddy field east of Candi Plaosan was turned into an arts stage. Bugisan residents enthusiastically worked together to bring to fruition their goal of having a cultural village this millennium.

A zinc-based wayang [shadow puppet] was chosen as the mascot of Bugisan arts. With their colorfully decorated bodies, dancers paraded against the background of the temples built by King Rakai Pikatan. Various traditional performances like srandul [folk drama], gejok lesung [rice mortar pounding] and gamelan music were staged.

Artists from the Indonesian Arts Institute of Surakarta, Central Java, also collaborated with local players.

During November this year, these performers displayed their artistic creativity at Candi Plaosan.

“It was our hope that Bugisan would be a cultural village starting in 2016,” said Agus Satria Nugroho, executive chairman of the event.

The Twin Temple Festival is only one of the efforts to establish Candi Plaosan, now still standing magnificently in Bugisan, as a major cultural village destination in the province.