West Javanese Customs Still Preserved
The culture of West Java or the Sundanese tribe is indeed very interesting to review together. Especially for those of you who live outside West Java, you will see the special custom attraction displayed. Each region basically has a culture that has been passed on by previous ancestors.
Many customs have been abandoned but there are also some that are still preserved to this day. This culture prevails in the social life of the Sunni people, ranging from fraternal relationships, weddings, organising certain events to family calls. All habits have a pretty long history so far.
Of the many customs owned by West Java, you will find out the 5 cultures that are often found because they are preserved so far. From the kinship system to the ceremony of non-insurance or circumcision. You will find its own uniqueness of this culture from West Java.
West Java Kinship System
The first West Javanese customs we will discuss are related to the kinship system. The kinship system prevailing in the Sundanese tribe is bilateral in nature that is withdrawn by the father and mother. Similar to cultures in other regions, the Sunni people also consider the father to be the head of the family.
This kinship system is also not far from the role of Islamaffectingculture in the Sundanese tribe. There is a term called Pancakaki that is used to describe kinship. For those of you Sundanese, you must be familiar with this term because it is often used in everyday life.
In addition to Pancakaki, you will also know the terms Sarsilah (Genealogy or Salsilah) and History. These two terms have almost the same meaning, namely lineage or Strains Stacking. These three terms are often used when discussing the kinship system used by the Sundanese people.
The people of West Java also have their own vocation for their relatives, such as fathers, mothers, aunts, aunts, uncles, siblings, grandparents, grandparents and so on. This kind of kinship system is actually still preserved to this day. So, don’t be surprised if there are still a lot of Western Javanese people who have this kinship system.
Traditional Seren Taun Ceremony
The West Javanese culture that is no less interesting to learn is the Seren Taun Ceremony. This traditional culture typical of West Javanese is carried out by transporting rice or as a pare ngangkut from the rice fields to the rice barn (leuit), using a special pikulan called rengkong while accompanied by traditional music wasps.
Afterwards, a meeting called riungan will be held which will be attended by local government officials and traditional seniors or community leaders. The farm products brought to the Seren Taun ceremony are a symbol of a prayer for gratitude to God for the presence of local officials or officials in the West Java area.
This West Javanese custom is a ceremony to deliver good news for the abundance of agricultural products or rice harvests and the well-being that has been gained by the community over a certain period of time. Because this traditional ceremony is not held only once, but for a certain time according to customs.
One of the characteristics of Seren Taun is in process seven. This procession is carried out by allowing all the agricultural products that have been obtained to be enjoyed by officials and community leaders who come to the event. Everyone who comes to the ceremony feels a sense of joy together.
Tingkeban ceremony from West Java
The next culture of West Javanese that is interesting to learn is the Tingkeban Ceremony. The ceremony is held for a mother who is pregnant with a 7-month-old baby. This Tingkeban ceremony takes place as a form of prayer for the safety of the mother and the fetus located in her stomach.
The term Tingkeban has a certain meaning, which should close that comes from its keyword, Tingkeb. The meaning of this term describes about a mother who is pregnant for 7 months is not allowed to mix with the man. In fact, for 40 days after delivery it is not yet allowed.
The aim of this West Javanese custom is to prevent the mother from working too hard because the womb is growing. As it is known, having a husband and wife relationship makes the mother exhausted and this habit is not good for the health of the baby and also for the mother herself.
After 7 months, the mother’s womb will become heavier until later delivery. The culture that West Java aims to maintain the health of the mother and the fetus in it so that the bad things don’t happen so that there are rules to be made by the mother.
Traditional Sea Feast Ceremony
Another West Javanese culture still preserved to this day is the traditional sea party ceremony. This ceremony was not held in any place, but in the Pangandaran Ciamis area and the Pelabuhan Ratu sukabumi area. If you’re visiting here, don’t miss seeing the traditional ceremonies held.
This sea feast ceremony takes place as a form of gratitude by the community to God for the seafood obtained. That’s why the people who participate in this traditional ceremony are usually fishermen who use shipping when working to make a living for their families.
Not only as an expression of gratitude, this West Javanese custom also aims to be a safety claim for fishermen. Although sea conditions are unpredictable, surrounding fishermen still have to work by sailing in the ocean to find as many catches as possible.
For the safety of these fishermen, this traditional ceremony took place and so that they could bring abundant results. This traditional implementation procession is very interesting to see and learn. So, there is nothing wrong with coming and following this procession of traditional ceremonies that are still preserved.
Uninsance or Circumcision ceremony
This West Javanese culture is still held today, namely the ceremony of the sepitan or circumcision. This traditional ceremony is held with the aim of removing all the dirt on the bridal vitals of the circumcision bride in order to make it cleaner. You can also find this culture in various regions.
This culture is also related to Islamic religious beliefs where one of the requirements for Muslims is to perform circumcision rituals, for both men and women. This ceremony takes place when boys are 6 years old and when girls are babies so they are not embarrassed later.
This ceremony is usually held by inviting circumcision parasites, relatives and neighbors of the circumcision bride. Therefore, there will be parties in this traditional ceremony so that the circumcision bride feels happy and able to relieve the pain after her vitals are cleaned because sometimes.
There are still many habits from the West Java area that are still preserved to this day and you will be interested in learning more about them. If you have a family from West Java, you need to be familiar with some of the West Javanese customs mentioned above.