SILAMPARI KAYANGAN TINGGI DANCE 

SILAMPARI KAYANGAN TINGGI DANCE 

following is an overview of the traditional Silampari Kayangan Tinggi dance from Lubuklinggau City, the second largest city in South Sumatra Province, after Palembang City. It is approximately 325 Km from Palembang City.

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Traditionally, the head of the country, Lubuklinggau is the ibunegeri or government center of Sindang Marga Kelingi Ilir in the territory of Palembang Darussalam State. Sindang is the status / designation of the outermost region bordering other regions. The Sindang government is ‘merdika’ or does not have to pay tribute / taxes to the mother in Palembang, but is subject to the customs & licenses of the Sultan in Palembang (an autonomous region), while the Marga is a unit / unit of government territory that oversees the villages / hamlets. Sindang Marga Kelingi Ilir is a division of the Sindang Marga Kelingi which includes Padang Ulak Tanding, Curup & Lebong in Bangkahulu (Bengkulu). So not all clans have the status of Sindang, it is only assigned to certain clans.

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This Silampari Kayangan Tinggi dance tells of a fairy who went (lost) to heaven. Usually displayed at the grand guest welcoming ceremony, complete with the betel taps.

 

The Silampari Kayangan Tinggi dance is also one of the 7 Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia in 2018, the certificate was handed over directly by the Director General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, Hilmar Farid to Deputy Governor of South Sumatra H. Mawardi Yahya at the Appreciation of the Establishment of Indonesia’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2018 at the Building Jakarta Arts.

 

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