The Role of Mantra in Theater Makyong

Tety Kurmalasari, Abdul Rahim Hamdan, Satria Agust


The research is based on the study of literature. The problem of this research was uses of the spell in theater makyong. The study of uses of the spell in theater makyong is assumed so interesting, because until now theater makyong has still been using spell used by the Panjak chairman to chase away the evil and averse evil before the show begins which is well-known as the ceremony of the"discard wet" or "open land". The spell in theater makyong consists of swearing, the evil, and averse evil spells related to ceremonies open land or discard wet, installing fabric spell, advanced series spell, make-up spell, perindang voice spell and pembungkam (speechless) spell. The sources of the data in this research were obtained from litelature and the Tanjungpinang Art Conservatory Foundation which has kept preserving Theater Makyong till now. The technique of collecting data was done by using the observation technique, interview, and recording elicited from the Panjak chairman, especially about the spell. The data were analyzed by using the collecting data technique. Relating to the research findings, there were seven spells associated with the stage opening ceremony and wet soil or waste opening ceremony and five spells associated with inner preparations existing in theater makyong. The use or the role of spell was as a protection.

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