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{Read E-pub} ì Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk õ Edisi cover film Sang Penari Semangat Dukuh Paruk kembali menggeliat sejak Srintil dinobatkan menjadi ronggeng baru, menggantikan ronggeng terakhir yang mati dua belas tahun yang lalu Bagi pendukuhan yang kecil, miskin, terpencil, dan bersahaja itu, ronggeng adalah perlambang Tanpanya, dukuh itu merasa kehilangan jati diri Dengan segera Srintil menjadi tokoh yang amat terkenal dan digandrungi Cantik dan menggoda Semua ingin pernah bersama ronggeng itu Dari kaula biasa hingga pejabat pejabat desa maupun kabupaten Namun malapetaka politik tahun 1965 membuat dukuh tersebut hancur, baik secara fisik maupun mental Karena kebodohannya, mereka terbawa arus dan divonis sebagai manusia manusia yang telah mengguncangkan negara ini Pedukuhan itu dibakar Ronggeng beserta para penabuh calungnya ditahan Hanya karena kecantikannyalah Srintil tidak diperlakukan semena mena oleh para penguasa di penjara itu Namun pengalaman pahit sebagai tahanan politik membuat Srintil sadar akan harkatnya sebagai manusia Karena itu setelah bebas, ia berniat memperbaiki citra dirinya Ia tak ingin lagi melayani lelaki mana pun Ia ingin menjadi wanita somahan Dan ketika Bajus muncul dalam hidupnya, sepercik harapan timbul, harapan yang makin lama makin membuncah Tapi, ternyata Srintil kembali terempas, kali ini bahkan membuat jiwanya hancur berantakan, tanpa harkat secuil pun Cover by Mendiola Design Photo by Eriek Juragan This book probably holds a dear place in my heart, only next to Bumi Manusia, as it picks out similar themes regarding the conflicts faced by young adults in the era conflict and colonization, which, in this respect, the Netherlands colonization in Indonesia as its setting.The story follows two perspective, one is Srintil as the traditional dancer in the pagan Javanese village, and Rasus, the boy who turned to like Srintil, but was forced and distanced away due to his journey away from his village The development goes on as Srintil is faced with many tragic incidents involving the invasion of Netherlands and the colonization in Indonesia, while Rasus in dealing with the internal conflicts of loving his childhood crush in spite of the rough times she had been dealing.The story captures the tragedy of these young adults as a result of their decision and the enforcement of the tradition as well as other external factors like war, and with the dark conclusion that the author decided it to be, it left an impression for me. To me personally, Indonesia doesn t have many literary books that can make me bit my lips in excitement and finish 150 pages towards the end I finish the remaining 50 pages the next day in 2 hours A very deep Javanese philosophy of life reflected from a life of a traditional sensual dancer Ronggeng that we all can learn from from the eyes of the writer Reading can be slow as the style follows Javanese culture slow, polite, but it doesn t mean it can t incite desire The dancer s life touched upon sexuality of both men and women that is far from our imagination, where we also tend to forget that sexuality plays a very big role in politics and a country s economy Something that I have been always telling everyone about Something that people don t talk about here in Indonesia, especially, but which can turn a table upside down On 1965 tragedy, a tragedy that most Indonesian are hesitant to talk about, Ahmad Tohari provided a different angle than Pramoedya did A rather subtle angle, yet, representing a number I am not sure about this amount, perhaps can be big of people, whom with their innocence and faithfulness towards their culture, were dragged into the darkness of life one would never want to experience nor remember I can elaborate and , but I d like to keep it for something else Please read it Recommended for Indonesian, or those wanting to learn about Indonesia from a different perspective. Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk The Dancer by Ahmad Tohari recounts the tumultuous days of mid 1960s Indonesia through a love story between Srintil and Rasus in Paruk, a village that struggles to keep up with the changing world.The village of Paruk is rather isolated, could only be reached by traversing the network of dikes bordering the wet rice fields It was because of this isolation that its inhabitants had developed a unique way of life Twenty three homes made up this tiny community, inhabited by people with a common genealogy It was believed that all the villagers were descended from a man named Ki Sacamenggala, a shaman and mystic of ages past who, it was said had sought out this very isolated area as a place to retire from his villainous career To this place, the village of Paruk, Ki Sacamenggala had entrusted his descendants, his flesh and blood After a bongkrek tragedy that killed a lot of people in Paruk, many kids became orphans, including Srintil and Rasus They were taken care of by their grandparents and the two grew up together sharing the same destiny.At the age of eleven, Srintil found her love for ronggeng dance and her grandparents sent her to a trainer who can help her become a professional dancer It doesn t require a profound knowledge to understand that ronggeng dancing were nothing than spontaneous movements tending only toward the erotic It is a crude imitation of gambyong, a dance which was performed to arouse desire in people from aristocratic circles.In order to become a ronggeng, she must complete certain rituals such as bathing and bukak klambu opening of the mosquito net This is a competition open to all men to win the virginity of the candidate wishing to become a ronggeng dancer The man who can pay the amount of money determined by the dancer s trainer will win Winning the bukak klambu contest did not only involve passion, nor was it simply about the celebratory rite of passage of a young girl It was a matter of pride for the winner Reluctantly, she completed all these rituals and became a successful and famous ronggeng dancer Later, Srintil told me that she was awakened by Dower, huffing like a horny bull She didn t say anything about the rape that followed, only commenting that requirements for becoming the ronggeng of Paruk Village were truly harsh Feeling disgusted by her lifestyle, Rasus decided to join the army, left Paruk and embraces Islam I wouldn t ever marry you because you re a ronggeng You belong to Paruk At eighteen years old, Srintil was a woman who had already experienced the pain that came with bukak klambu, bitterness of being rejected by the man she loved, also experienced relations with about two dozen men But her fame, naivety, and sexuality got her involved with the region s leftist propaganda and she was arrested following the 1965 tragedy.This book gives a deep insight of the political turmoil leading up to the coup in 1965 which the government New Order era tried hard to cover It shows the lives of people whom with their innocence and faithfulness towards their culture, were dragged into the darkness politics and power These people could never be satisfied with the idea that two years of Srintil s life could simply be erased from all record, to remain an historical unknown The past is the past, and the role of history as teacher to humanity should never be disregarded Wisdom and knowledge in life is tempered by histories that are constituted by deeds of heroism and human decency as well as acts of betrayals and human depravity. Let us try to understand the essence of deathEvery creature must dieThe soul is like a soaring bird That has escaped from its cage Where will the future take us Let us not lose our wayAs with all the humanity in this world Our time is so brief And we shall return To rest in eternity page 292In the foreword of this edition I just learned that Dukuh Paruk was actually inspired by a secluded village near Ahmad Tohari s home called Pakuncen and the characters were drawn from real people as well as the village condition, events and practices He himself witnessed a man being executed there by soldiers for being a communist These were things that inspired him to write openly about the social conditions in rural Java poverty, ignorance and immorality that actually can be improved, thus expressed his dissatisfaction towards Indonesian government He also point out this one thing that I think summed up the whole book that the concept of sin does not easily apply to those who have no understanding of it.I really love this translated edition, in the foreword the translator told a story how she was picked the book up for the first time and instantly fell in love and how she developed a friendship with Tohari Not sure why but I feel her fondness toward this book expressed by the smooth language she used, simple yet didn t diminished Tohari s writing style itself.