The Jakarta Post
Three of the four items displayed were the original pieces, namely the spear and traditional daggers. (Shutterstock/File)
Four historical relics unique to Banyumas in Central Java were displayed during the "Kirab Pusaka" (Heirloom Parade) event in Purwokerto over the weekend, which was held to coincide with the regency's 447th anniversary.
As reported by Antara, the four items displayed on Sunday included the Tombak Kiai Genjring (Kiai Genjring spear), the Keris Kiai Gajah Endro (Kiai Gajah Endro traditional dagger), the Keris Kiai Nalapraja (Kiai Nalapraja traditional dagger) and the Kitab Stambul (Stambul holy book).
A ceremony conducted in the Banyumasan Javanese dialect was held at the Banyumas deputy regency's Pendopo (pavilion) prior to the handover of the four historical relics after which it was carried the length of the 2 kilometer parade that ended at the Pendopo Sipanji.
Unlike recent years, the ceremony and relics handover to Manggala Yudha in this year's procession was overseen by Banyumas Deputy Regent Budhi Setiawan who is currently serving as the acting regent. Achmad Husein is on campaign leave for the 2018 regional elections.
Upon arriving at Pendopo Sipanji at the conclusion of the parade, the heirlooms were returned to Budhi who stored the items again after a "Palereman" ritual.
Deskart Sotyo Jatmiko, Banyumas Youth, Sports, Culture and Tourism Agency's cultural head, said this year’s parade special because three of the four items were original pieces, namely the spear and traditional daggers.
"We took out three original heirlooms from the Pusaka Building in Pendopo Sipanji at 6 a.m. because it needed special rituals. In previous years, we used duplicates of the heirlooms," Deskart added.
He said the rituals and procession involved in the annual Kirab Pusaka have not changed, much like those implemented in other regions such as Bali and Yogyakarta. The changes usually only consisted of different groups that are involved in the parade procession.
"So, the main event does not change, only the escorting group changes," Deskart said. (liz/kes)