Kuda Kepang dance is a kind of traditional Malay folk dance. This dance is a dance of Javanese cultural heritage with the influence of Islam.
Javanese character is clear on the clothes of dancers and elements of Islam is also clear on the way the story was during the dance that tells the war of the Prophet and the Companions. It is said that this dance was introduced by Islamic preachers as a way of attracting the locals to come to see their offerings. The preachers will deliver their preaching before or after the offering.
Horse dance is very popular with the people of Johor, especially from Javanese descent. This braided horse is usually made of woven that is shaped like a horse without a foot. It is made of reeded reeds or colored animal skins to become more attractive.
Typically there are 10 to 15 dancers for each set of horse-belled dancers who will usually have a chairman. In the first rank, all geri dancers gestures are over the ladies’ directions using ropes to escort the game. This dance is usually performed in crowded assemblies to rejuvenate such an atmosphere as greeting the famous people, rendering the wedding assemblies and on festive days. In the old days there were many bans for those who watched the offerings of horses like they did not berate their dancers or would befall them.
Traditional braided horse dance is said to have many incantations, and players who dance it may forget. The eyes of dancers who are in this state glitter, should not speak, when their movements and behavior resembles a horse.
Essentially, the situation of a dancer’s person depends on the power of spirit as well as intentions or self-respect. Another factor is an absorbing creature in a body called or invoked through a series of incantations spoken by a handler who heads a collection, incense incense, served dish, as well as drum sounds and a hammered gong. Those who are inserted are said to be capable of doing matters such as eating glass or also peeling coconut with teeth. Because of that, the dance of horse braids that still practice magic incident difatwakan as berkanggah with aqidah, sharia and morals Islamiah.
There are various opinions about the origin of this dance. There is an opinion that links his origins with the Wali Songo who lived in the Land of Java in the 15th century. In an effort to develop Islam in the hinterland of Java, Wali Songo faced difficulties to approach the people there. He got the idea to dance while riding a horse. As time passes, the horses are exchanged for animal skins or reeds to replace the real horse. There is also a opinion that the origin of this dance has something to do with Saidina Ali. To mimic the step movement of Saidina Ali’s army, horship dance braids were born.
This braided offering is usually presented together Barongan dance offerings with the tradition of offering Barongan dance after Kuda Kepang dance is probably a proof of the importance of dance Kuda Kepang and Barongan in the spread of syiar Islam when it