Gasing, An Indonesian Traditional Games, Inherited Wisdom Of The Ancestors

Friday, 27 April 2012

Gasing is one of the traditional game of the Indonesia archipelago, although the history of its spread is not known with certainty.
In the region of Seven Islands (Natuna), Riau Islands, a top game has been around long before the Dutch colonization. While in North Sulawesi, tops known since the 1930s. The game is done by children and adults. Typically, performed in the courtyard of a house and a flat hard soil conditions.  

The game tops can be done in person or team with the number of players varies, according to the custom in their respective areas.

Until now, the top is still very popular to do in some areas in Indonesia. Even residents of the islands Rian a competition routine. While in Demak, usually played during the turn of the tops of the rainy season to dry season. Bengkulu community busy playing kazoos during the celebration of the Islamic New Year, 1 Muharram.

Some areas have different terms to refer to a top. People of West Java and Jakarta called gangsing or panggal. Menamaninya lemur community Lampung, East Kalimantan residents call begasing, whereas in the Maluku called Apiong and in the West Nusatenggara named Maggasing.  

Only the people in Jambi, Bengkulu, West Sumatra, Riau Islands Tanjungpinang and calling gasing. Maggasing name or well known community aggasing Bugis in South Sulawesi. While the Bolaang Mongondow in North Sulawesi region known by the name Paki. East Java called top people as kekehan. While in Yogyakarta, a top called with two different names. If made ​​of bamboo called gangsingan, and if made ​​of wood named pathon.

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