Showing posts with label the unique culture of Indonesia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the unique culture of Indonesia. Show all posts

Ruwatan Gembel: Cut the dreads of Child in Dieng plateau

Ruwatan Gembel: Cut the dreads of Child  in Dieng plateau
Dieng plateau is considered to be a place that has mystical overtones and considered sacred. Dieng itself comes from the Javanese Word dihyang which means the place of the ancient spirits of the ancestors.

Dieng plateau has a natural beauty in the wrap of cool air and warmed by the hospitality of its people. However, there are unique in the Dieng plateau that is the phenomenon of the child or the child's Hobo dreadlocks.

The phenomenon of child dreads this happens in a number of villages in the Highland Dieng, Central Java. The children of the original 40-day-old Dieng to 6 years have dreads are natural and not created.

The child was originally stricken with fever dreadlocks with very high body temperature accompanied delirious bedtime ("ngromet" = speak for themselves). These symptoms are not treatable until normal by itself but the hair children will turn into dreadlocks.

"If cut the dreads prior but the child's not request  than result in the child sick and even re-growing hair dreadlocks."

Dreads children there are several strands of scroll by in the back, covered with fine hairs on the outside. There is also a clot of thick hair like dreadlocks and dull that were never washed.

Children are also sometimes acting up I don't like her age because it is often aloof. Local people believe that the aforementioned is the middle child of the lone bercengkerama with gaibnya. They dare not violate abstinence-abstinence comes to children this myth, such as cutting the snot dreads before the child asks for a cut. If violated would result in the child then pain and any hair back dreadlocks.

Dreads Dieng as surrogate child is believed to be the ruler of the supernatural and could be cut after the new demand of the child concerned. There was also a request from the child to be met and this desire was not able to include other Parties intervened by his parents. Such requests must be fulfilled, there can be less or more. Sometimes the child can ask for anything, not to mention the implementation of cross-cutting ritual snot or the dreads requires considerable expenses. Sometimes if the request is not granted then the child the child would return sick and gimbalnya hair grows back.

Before cutting hair ceremony will be performed ritual prayer, in some places that the ceremony can go smoothly. These places are the Temple complex of Candi Dwarawati, Arjuna, Sendang Maerokoco, Gatot Kaca, Telaga Temple Hall, Candi Bima Kambang, Sikidang crater, the Hermitage complex Mandalasari (cave in the quietness of the color), Time, and place of burial Pepek Dieng. The evening ceremony will be resumed, i.e. leaching Jamasan Heirloom heritage brought the kids the bride dreads for hair cut.

The next day a new bride to shearing is done. Journey started from the House of elders and indigenous stakeholders stopped near Sendang Maerokoco or Sendang Sedayu. During the tour the village children dreads it escorted the elders, the socialite, paguyuban groups, as well as traditional art community.

After the bride later performed at wells for bathing children dreadlocks Sendang Sedayu or Sendang Maerokoco located in Darmasala Temple complex North of Arjuna. Upon entering the well of him that Sedayu kids dreadlocks are protected and long fabric Robyong umbrella around Sendang Maerokoco. Once completed, the children were escorted to dreadlocks shearing.

The ceremony will be presented in the form of shearing head chicken offerings, tempe gembus, etawa goat, marmot, and other offerings that are derived from the results of the earth around the Dieng plateau.

Prior to shearing, traditional art will entertain kids dreadlocks and the community. When it came time cutting hair then one-by one son called dreadlocks. Among them there is a feeling of fear and there is also a cheerful ramainya visitors. in the mood The child's parents believe that this ritual of dreadlocks can free their child from any diseases and bring sustenance.

The process of cutting a child's hair is dreadlocks will last about 30 minutes at the front of the Temple of Arjuna. Shearing dreads done community leaders and stakeholders of custom guide accompanied.

The next ceremony will take place or object that ceded the requested child dreads before. The next ceremony will be washed away for scrap to dreads flowing into Lake Color Serayu River and discharging into the southern coast in the Indian Ocean.

"Pelarungan" (drowning in water) haircutsof dreadlocks to the River symbolizes the return  "bala" (misfortune) who brought the child to the gods. There is a belief that children's apartment with his dreadlocks and hair cuts that jin will repel jin out of her body so that all will be lost and the sustenance of bala had come.

There are two versions about the origin of the long-haired dreadlocks child Dieng . First, the common circulating in society are the dreads are surrogate "Kyai Kolodete", i.e. progenitor of society first opened Dieng village. "Kyai Kolodete" swearing isn't going to cut her hair and will not take a shower before the opening of the village became prosperous. Later his descendants will have the same hair characteristics such as himself and that sign will bring prosperity for his village. The second version is that dreads "Kanjeng Ratu Kidul" surrogate on the South coast. This belief is believed to have been a part of society still embraced trust "Kejawen".

The ceremony haircut the child dreads are  included in annual event "Dieng Culture Festival" in July. The event featured cross dreads, festival art and culture, typical products fairs Dieng. You'll see kids dreadlocks with dikirab horse-drawn carriage accompanied by the man dressed in traditional Javanese dance during followed around the village. The dance is also called game angklung and harmonization of percussion and Javanese gamelan and Javanese nuance in Islam. Featured attractions such as various art, lengger, "warok tek-tek", rampakyaksa, lion dance, and a variety of other arts.

Simping Island , tourism unique at West Kalimantan.

A visit to the region of Borneo in March 2011 ago makes me want to share about information about the uniqueness of this region. Borneo as the largest island in Indonesia has many quirks that you can visit, if it will make a tour in various regions of the world.

The first information is about the island Simping , which has its own uniqueness compared area tours in Indonesia. Indeed Indonesia already had a island of Bali with a rich variety of uniqueness.

Simping Island , tourism unique at West Kalimantan.
Simping island is one among many tourist objects that existed in West Kalimantan. The island is very unique and certainly only exists in West Kalimantan. The island formerly known as “Kelapa Dua Island” is located on the Bay of Mak Jantu ', at the area of Island Park, Sinka Singkawang. That makes this island so unique is its existence which turns out to be the ' WORLD'S SMALLEST ISLAND '. The record itself was noted by the United Nations, so that its existence as the smallest island is already recognized by the international world.

17,508 Islands between Indonesia, indeed most mini-sized , Simping Island with an area of only 1 hectare. The Simping island is located in the waters of  Gulf Coast Mak Jantu,  of South Singkawang Subdistrict , Singkawang, West Kalimantan.

The Mainland is the island of Simping consists of sand and rocks with some trees on it. There is also a sort of a small shrine, where local Chinese residents worshipped.

On the island are also available seaside scenery, the beauty of the sea and the hills surrounding it. It's no wonder. Although very small, Simping never deserted visitors.

This area is also included in the area of conservation and protected forest. And the UNITED NATIONS has already acknowledged thatSimping Islandis the smallest island in the world and these claims are increasingly making it crowded tourists.

A tour to the island of Simping .
A visit to the island of Simping is not too difficult it only takes 20 minutes from Singkawang to Gulf Coast Mak Jantu.

If the direction of Pontianak takes about three hours drive towards Singkawang. Mileage to the island about 100 meters fromSimping Islandlips Gulf Coast Mak Jantu. To achieve it we can use a concrete bridge from deliberately built to to the island.

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Weelcome on the Simping Island , unique tourism objech , and is already admit by the United Nations.

Embalming in West Toraja Regency of Indonesia

Embalming is a way that used to be dead or living creatures who've not animate do not rot. This way I know when you are in the hamlet of Barerreng in 1999. At that time there was a neighbor died , named Ne'tammubua ', when I visited the family home that I smell very sting. When I asked to my friend of named Katiandagho "smell is this?"
"Is the process of preserving bodies" he replied. On this occasion I while reminiscing about the area I told the previous experience I never experienced it. More than one I tell them is Baruppu' society, Unique culture cemetry.

embalming in toraja
Ma'nene procession ' at Toraja
Centuries earlier, when the practice of preserving bodies is done, nobody knows exactly why and when it starts. Obviously, before Christianity entered the Tana Toraja Regency the first time around 1913, the Toraja people embraced the faith or belief Todollo Aluk ' to ancestors and nature. At first the corpse-bodies that laid out in a rock cave, then put on a stone. The corpse was decay, even dry up.
Until a while preserving the bodies performed using potions, using leaf vinus, kerosene, stem plants resembling tille – sugar cane stalks but smaller and not eaten –, tea leaves, and salt. These materials together and then crushed and poured into the mouth of the corpse. The rest is smeared on the skin. Natural and helps preserving and drying the corpses properly.

Entering the 1990s, preserving bodies done simpler, i.e. injecting chemicals or better known as formalin. The result of dozens of bodies not durable when compared to their ancestors tens and hundreds of years ago. "Ways of injecting use chemicals called formalin is done to every millimeter surface of bodies", said Mr. katiandagho added the explanation to me.
After the process is completed, then the cadaver preservation stored at home, while waiting until ready for the grave stone to be placed or already prepared by the family of the deceased. To get the cost of a funeral procession which require tens of millions of corpses even billions of rupias, each Member of the family to wander in all directions in the territories or abroad.

Another corpse in Sicily, Rosalia Lombardo, a daughter of Sicily was two years old, who died in 1920, still looks fresh. Muminya known as "the Sleeping Beauty" is stored in a glass box in Palermo, Italy.
Herb what makes these mummies still looks fresh, became a secret for years. However, biological anthropologist from the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman named Dario Piombino-Mascali managed to uncover her inimitable blend of which are used to preserve the Rosalia.
He find out the materials used from the relatives and close people Alfredo Salafia, an expert maker of processed taksidermis or who died in 1933. Hand made note of Salafia revealed that he injects a chemical substances to the body in the form of Rosalia formalin, Zinc salt, alcohol, salicylic acid and glycerol.
Formaldehyde is an ingredient that is currently most commonly used to preserve corpses. A mixture of formaldehyde and water it kills all the bacteria causes decay the flesh. Salafia is one of the pioneers of the use of such chemicals to preserve the corpses.

While alcohol in a dry area will function maintains the corpse remains dry thus more Rosalia durable against changes in temperature and humidity. Glycerol as the oil will prevent her body too dry and salicylic acid to prevent the growth of fungus.
However, the primary key is embalming Zinc salt. According to Melissa Johnsons Williams, Executive Director of the American Society of Embalmers, zinc is not used in the process of preservation in the us. With zinc bodies become stiff, if lifted from the crate and let it stand, bodies will be able to stand ... heheh

The second parts of Indonesia Arts | Traditional Arts of Javanese

The second parts of Indonesia Arts | Traditional Arts of Javanese is continuation of the article that I give the title of Indonesia Arts. This is a cause I love Indonesia about one of unique Culture.

Traditional Arts of Indonesia from Java one of which is Kuda Lumping (Horse Lumping).
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Horse dance is a traditional Javanese dance. Lumping showing a group of soldiers amid on horseback. This dance using horses made of bamboo wicker ed and cut to resemble the shape of horse. The wicker ed horses decorated with paint and cloth variegated colors.

Horse dance is typically only displays a scene of Hussar, but some also presenting the appearance of horse lumping attractions, immune, and possessed magical powers, such as the attractions eating shards and immune against whaling of whip. Jaran Kepang was part of the performance of reog dance. Though this dance originated in Java, Indonesia, the dance is also shown by the Javanese settlers who live in Malaysia and Singapore.
It was said, Lumping Horse dance is a form of appreciation and support of common people to the troops of Diponegoro Prince against the invaders, the Netherlands. There are also versions that mention, "Kuda Lumping" Horse dance depicting the struggles of Raden Patah, assisted by Sunan Kalijaga, against the Netherlands troops. Another version mentions that, it tells the story of Mataram forces war game led by Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, King of Mataram, to face the Netherlands forces.

Lumping horse also named as Jathilan (Yogyakarta), reog (East Java) but in the sub district of Tambak (The southern part of the Banyumas) better known as" ebleg ".

In East Java, this art is familiar with the art community in some areas, such as Malang, Tulungagung, and other areas of Indonesia. This dance is usually performed at specific events, such as a welcome guest of honor, and as a Thanksgiving, the intention which was granted by the Almighty.

The other traditional art of Java Indonesia is called Reog

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The storyline of staging the Reog is Warok, then Jatilan, Bujangganong, Sewandana, then get to Barongan village Kelana or Dadak Merak (Peacock) at the end. When one of the elements above are in action, other elements took part in motion or dancing even though it doesn't stand out. Reog usually staged in some modern events such as weddings, khitanan and major holidays. The art of Reog Ponorogo consists of 2 to 3 opening dance. The first dance is usually performed by 6-8 gallant men with black clothes, with all-round advance of polished red color. The dancers are symbolized the brave lion. Next is a dance which was performed by 6-8 girl who rides a horse. On the traditional Reog, these dancers are usually portrayed by male dancers dressed as women. This dance called Jaranan dance, which must be distinguished from other namely dance horse lumping. Another opening dance is usually a dance by little boy who performed comical.

After the opening dance is finished, the core scene is displayed according to the condition where Reog is showed. If it is related to the wedding scene shown is romance. In “hajatan”, “khitanan” or circumcision, usually follows a story of swordsman. Scenes in the art of Reog are usually not a neat scenarios. There is always an interaction between the performer and puppeteer (usually the leader of the troupe) and sometimes with audience. Sometimes a player's performance can be replaced by another player when the player is exhausted. The most overlooked in Reog performance is giving satisfaction to viewership.

The next traditional art of Java, Indonesia is Angklung
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Angklung is a traditional musical instrument of West Java province. Angklung is made from raw materials in the form of 'special' bamboo. The creators also requires special skills. This traditional musical instruments was discovered by Mr. Daeng Sutigna around 1983.

At the beginning of his discoveries, Angklung is usually only played in traditional Sundanese musical forms. However, at this time the angklung is not only played with traditional instruments, but rather in close collaboration with modern instruments. Angklung was not only played in local circles, but already penetrated into international circles.

Image source : angklung

Those are the Traditional Arts of Indonesia that I admire and bring more love to Indonesia. There are still plenty of traditional arts in Indonesia which I would like to share on this blog in the future.

Source image reog :
The horse source Lumping :


For three years I served in the Barerreng Village, Baruppu’ District, North Toraja Regency (Community groups society Indonesia). The place has such breathtaking natural beauty and a very unique local indigenous culture which requires a cost of billions of dollars. We can find these natural beauty everywhere around Toraja’s Land such as hills, vast rice fields with clean water.I want say, one of the unique culture of Indonesia

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TORAJA TOURS. A number of foreign tourists visiting the traditional ceremony of Rambu Solo Funeral in Tongkonan Siguntu, North Toraja, South Sulawesi. Traditional ceremony of Rambu Solo Funeral become one of the attraction for foreign tourists and local tourists to visit Toraja. I know about many of the unique culture of Tana Toraja like at place as in the event that there are often cultural, Sesean, Bori', Sigentu, Baruppu', Ridingallo, Sa'dan, Balussu etc.

Culture in the Toraja have names that I needed to introduce the ritual, also I gave a picture of the ritual.
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MA’PASONGLO. A number of citizens paraded the bodies in a series of funeral ceremonies in Rambu Solo’ Cemetery in Sigentu, North Toraja, South Sulawesi. Ma’pasonglo ritual is a ritual procession of corpses and their families from Tongkonan to Lakkian which is a string of traditional ceremony Rambu Solo’ Funeral in North Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi.

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MAPPASILAGA TEDONG. Many residents and tourists witnessed Mappasilaga Tedong or buffalo fights in North Toraja, South Sulawesi. The buffalo fights become a tradition at the traditional ceremony of Rambu Solo Funeral.

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MA’TINGGORO TEDONG. Indigenous people slaughtering buffalo by cutting the neck of the buffalo in a series of traditional ceremony of Rambu Solo Funeral in Tongkonan Siguntu, North Toraja, South Sulawesi. Ma’tinggoro Tedong is a term in the Toraja language which means cut the throat of Buffalo.

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An image of an indigenous people sitting on a buffalo that had been slain in a series of traditional ceremony of Rambu Solo Funeral in Tongkonan Siguntu, North Toraja, South Sulawesi, Monday (2/1). Ma’tinggoro Tedong or slaining the buffalo is a series of procession traditional ceremony of Rambu Solo a day before the funeral.

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BOLU BUFFALO MARKET. A number of residents trade buffalo in Bolu Market, Rantepao, North Toraja, South Sulawesi. Bolu market is a name of a market in North Toraja Regency. Other than market for basic needs and as a terminal, Bolu market is also a livestock market. Bolu market is buffalo sales center in Toraja which price is ranging from 5 million rupiahs to hundreds of millions for one buffalo.

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A figure of a man pulling a buffalo to be offered to buyer in the Bolu market, Rantepao, North Toraja, South Sulawesi.

MA’BADONG. A number of indigenous people of Toraja doing a procession of Ma’badong dancing after paraded the corpses in Sigentu, North Toraja, South Sulawesi. Ma’badong is one of the procession in Ma’pasonglo ritual.

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GRAVE STONE. Tourists visiting the stone grave of Lemo in Toraja, South Sulawesi. The stone grave in Toraja Land consists of two types, natural and man-made. Natural stone grave is a stone grave of caves being used as a cemetery. Artificial graves are the result of sculpture from a carving artisan hired to perforate stone as ordered. The centuries-aged grave stone is one of the Toraja tourist attraction visited by many foreign tourists as well as local tourists.

MA’NIMBONG DANCE. A number of dancers sing as they performing Manimbong dancing or joy dancing in Toraja Cultural Festival 2011 in Rantepo, North Toraja, South Sulawesi. Ma’nimbong means joy.

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BAMBOO MUSIC. Some kids playing bamboo music in Toraja Cultural Festival in Rantepao Toraja, North Toraja, South Sulawesi.

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TORAJA CULTURE. Four women dressed in traditional Toraja in a series of traditional ceremony of Rambu Solo Funeral in North Toraja, South Sulawesi.

1. Baruppu' Society 
2. Rangkain upacara adat Pemakaman Rambu Solo` di Kabupaten Toraja Utara