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date: 09 December 2019

Ower-ower [ereg-ereg, hohoang, lelempale, gareng-gareng]locked

  • Andrew C. McGraw


[ereg-ereg, hohoang, lelempale, gareng-gareng]

(1) Bullroarer of Indonesia. It is found throughout the archipelago and typically consists of a flat piece of bamboo about 12 cm long and 2 cm wide with a hole pierced at one end through which a cord is strung. It is swung in a circle over the head. In Nias it is known as the riwi-riwi loco, in the Toba area of Sulawesi it is the dengeng-dengeng. In Central Java it is called the ower-ower, or simply wer-wer, and in Sunda it is called the kekinciran. In the Ende region of Flores it is called the jata and was formerly played in the fields to attract rain and is sometimes thought to attract snakes. The instrument is also known in areas of Timor, Alor, and Ternate. In most of the archipelago it is a child’s toy.

(2) Whizzing bow of Java, also known as the sara mbele in the Wolowaru area of Flores and as ...

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