"Sisingaan": A Local Resistance Efforts Of Colonial Identity


  • Roro Retno Wulan Telkom University
  • Atwar Bajari Faculty of Communication Science Padjdjaran University
  • Nuryah A. Sjafirah Faculty of Communication Science Padjdjaran University


The transformation of folk art is rarely to research as communication study. Many folk art have to reconstruct their ‘art’ and compromise with audience needs. This research considers folk art position and pictures it as part of postcolonial studies. Using Susanne Langer Theory of Symbol and John Fiske semiotics theory, this research assumed that humans feelings mediated through concept, language, and symbol. Sisingaan as genuine folklore form Subang Region had meaningful symbols of Subang’s people struggled in colonial era. The aims of this research is to find out and explain those meaningful resistency symbol. Eventhough nowadays Sisingaan become popular art and there is a consideration that many people in Subang do not care about the philosophy of the resistency, they just using Sisingaan as common ceremonial in circumcision celebration. In fenomenology area of findings, this research gathered information from many sources, mostly from the actor and opinion leader of Subang traditional folk art. Analitycal conclusion gathered from check and recheck validation. At the end, this research hopefully could provide information about nonverbal comunication in communication action and show Sisingaan as art brought meaningful philosophy in the life of people from postcolonial study perspective. Keywords: sisingaan folk art, nonverbal communication, symbol, postcolonial