Orok, a dance without music in the style of Papua

goodmorningpapua.com – According to the Maybrat, Sawiat, and Tehit tribes, the orok dance is the main dance consisting of the srar dance, baren dance, sarawa dance, and the orok dance itself. For the people of Sorong, Papua, dance is an important thing used for various purposes, such as marriage, welcoming guests, death, building gardening houses, dowry, and others.

Quoting from Budaya.kemdikbud.go.id, babysitting is one of the traditional songs and dances belonging to the Tehit tribe who live in Sawiat District. Orok dances and songs have long lived and developed in the culture of the Tehit people living in the district.

The song lyrics in baby dances usually contain praise or psalms. This baby song was created by an ancestor named Semit Bolo Majefak.

Baby songs composed or sung by Semitic ancestors were usually inspired by natural conditions at that time, such as birds singing in the morning, at dawn, and so on. In fact, special babysitting is performed during wuon or wofle customary education.

When singing baby songs, some of the children who are trained will stomp their feet or dance to the rhythm of the song being sung. This also often happens when he gives wuon education.

Until now, the stomping movement has become a form of infant dance that is widely known. The dancers and singers of the Orok dance are usually called Worok.

Orok dance is usually also played during student admissions, mid-education, welcoming or inauguration, and handing over of students to their parents. During the Dutch era and the arrival of the gospel to Tanah Tehit, the wofle or wuon traditional education was still ongoing, so the orok dance was still often performed.

Around 1965-1966, the last wofle or wuon customary education was carried out. This makes traditional wuon education less and less and almost disappears.

In the end, there was a shift in the verses that were usually sung in baby dances. In the past, the poetry of the orok dance contained praise for nature, the spirits of the ancestors, mountains which were considered to bring blessings, praise to the Almighty, and so on.

Meanwhile, the poetry of the baby dance is focused on advice on building a household, politics, the economy, and so on. As for the orok dance at the present time, it also does not experience much development.

Apart from the orok dance, the Tehit tribe also has two other types of dance, namely dirkehen and say kohok. These dances of the Tehit tribe are played without the accompaniment of musical instruments. The dance only relies on the voice, the rhythm of the song, and the singing sung by the dance leader.

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