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Sound of Bamboo
by Sugeng Pratikno
Bamboo grows everywhere in Asia, especially in East Asia. There are many kinds of bamboo, from the largest into the smallest shape, green bamboo, black bamboo, yellow bamboo. People have been close to bamboo since many centuries. Bamboo becomes a symbol of life for the people in many places and countries. There are some stories, myth and legend about bamboo. Here in Indonesia bamboo spikes is known as a symbol of struggling for freedom.
Bamboo has some advantageous and multifunctional for human being. It is strong, light and flexible. As a material is useful for supporting human needs, like: houses, tables, chairs, bed, house wares, bridges, weapons, music instruments and so on, even a young bamboo can be eaten by people.
Bamboo is really unique, mystery but simple, full of meaning and beneficial to human life. Sound of bamboo tree blow by the wind can confort people’s heart and spirit. Bamboo flute, angklung, gambang, their sounds are very natural. Bamboo offer and serve their life for us, but sometimes we don’t pay any attention even forgets them.