Get to know Lalove Further, a Sacred Musical Instrument


Lalove – The Lalove musical instrument comes from Central Sulawesi, to be precise, from the Kaili Tribe. Lalove belongs to the class of wind instruments and is similar to a flute but longer.

This traditional musical instrument can produce five major tones.

Get to Know Lalove Further, a Sacred Traditional Musical Instrument

For the people of the Kaili Tribe, Lalove is not just an ordinary traditional musical instrument. However, Lalove also has a sacred value that can cure illness.

The public needs to learn exactly when the Lalove was first made. However, this musical instrument is thought to have existed since the prehistoric times of the Kaili Tribe.

To get to know Lalove further, here is various information about Lalove’s traditional musical instrument, which whistles from a distance:

1. The Story Behind Lalove

Lalove is related to the legend of Sawerigading. Sawerigading arrives in Kaili Land and wants to propose to Ngilinayo, the female king of the Sigi Kingdom.

Ngilinayo also put forward one condition, namely to have their two cocks pitted against each other.

There is musical accompaniment during cockfights to enliven the atmosphere, including it.

The melodious sound of this traditional musical instrument makes the whole community gather. Even people who are suffering from an illness come together.

In the past, it could only be played by special people called Caucasians. This instrument also requires a high and perfect blowing technique. Most people are old enough to blow Lalove.

However, many young people have started learning to play the Lalove instrument.

This musical instrument is mandatory equipment in the Balia ceremony, one of the traditional ceremonies typical of the Kaili Tribe as a healing process.

2. Sacred Traditional Musical Instruments

During the ceremony, this traditional musical instrument is play to summon spirits. It is play throughout the healing process, even for hours.

Its sacred function makes it forbidden to be play by just anyone. If this is done, it is believe that the player will become possesse.

The sacred function also makes the process of making it sacred.

Although some circles of society still use it as a sacred musical instrument, others only use it as entertainment. Lalove is often use to accompany traditional dances and for art performances.

Lalove is made from selected bamboo reeds from mountains or high hills.

Before cutting the bamboo, the craftsmen must say tabe or permission to the spirit that guards the hill. Offerings in the form of a white chicken also accompany the ritual.

3. How to Make Lalove

After performing the ritual and cutting down three bamboo reeds, the artisans go to the river to wash the bamboo reeds away. The first drifting bamboo is the main bamboo for making it.

After being select, the bamboo reeds are then dry and then cut. One end is cut to the knuckles, while the knuckles at the other end are left.

The end that has the book is trimme slightly and wrap around rattan. Later, this section is use as a place to blow it.

On the opposite side, the artisans make six holes, with three holes each in one group. The three holes are about 2 cm apart and 5 cm between groups.

At the open end, given another larger reed or solonga. Solonga made Lalove’s voice sound louder. Making sacred It can take days because a ritual is require in each stage.

It can even collaborate with other musical instruments. In 2019, Lalove was designated as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Central Sulawesi.

This traditional musical instrument was also one of the inspirations for the construction of the pillars of the V Bridge or now called the Lalove Bridge, which has become an icon of Central Sulawesi Province.