Golok vs. Parang

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Golok and Parang is that the Golok is a Indonesian type of machete and Parang is a popular folk music originating from Trinidad and Tobago

  • Golok

    A golok is a cutting tool, similar to a machete, that comes in many variations and is found throughout the Indonesian archipelago. It is used as an agricultural tool as well as a weapon. The word golok (sometimes misspelled in English as “gollock”) is of Indonesian origin, but is also used in Malaysia and (spelled gulok) in the Philippines. Both in Malaysia and in Indonesia, the term is usually interchangeable with the longer and broader parang. In the Sundanese region of West Java it is known as bedog.

  • Parang

    Parang is a popular folk music originating from Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago that was brought to Trinidad and Tobago by Venezuelan and Colombian migrants who were primarily of Amerindian, Spanish, Mestizo, Pardo, Cocoa panyol, and African heritage, something which is strongly reflected in the music itself. The word is derived from two Spanish words: parranda, meaning “a spree or fĂȘte”, and parar meaning “to stop”.

    In the past, it was traditional for parang serenaders to pay nocturnal visits to the homes of family and friends, where part of the fun was waking the inhabitants of the household from their beds. Today, parang is especially vibrant in Trinidad and Tobago communities such as Paramin, Lopinot, and Arima.

    A new form of parang, soca parang, has emerged. Soca parang is a combination of soca and parang.

  • Golok (noun)

    An Indonesian cutting tool, similar to a machete, used in agriculture and as a weapon.

  • Parang (noun)

    A short, heavy, straight-edged knife used in Malaysia and Indonesia as a tool and weapon.

  • Parang (noun)

    A style of music originating from Trinidad and Tobago, strongly influenced by Venezuelan music.


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