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Sragen village goes back in time to preserve cultural heritage

Stefanus Ajie

The Jakarta Post

Sragen, Central Java  /  Mon, October 21, 2019  /  11:07 am
  • The "gunungan" (offerings) are placed inside the hot spring.

    The "gunungan" (offerings) are placed inside the hot spring. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    The "gunungan" (offerings) are placed inside the hot spring.

  • A scene from a play depicting the village's history.

    A scene from a play depicting the village's history. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    A scene from a play depicting the village's history.

  • The play's jungle ghost is portrayed by a woman with wings.

    The play's jungle ghost is portrayed by a woman with wings. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    The play's jungle ghost is portrayed by a woman with wings.

  • Some of the dishes that are served during "kenduri".

    Some of the dishes that are served during "kenduri". OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Some of the dishes that are served during "kenduri".

  • A "gunungan" (offering) is made up of various vegetables and fruits as a form of the villagers' gratitude.

    A "gunungan" (offering) is made up of various vegetables and fruits as a form of the villagers' gratitude. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    A "gunungan" (offering) is made up of various vegetables and fruits as a form of the villagers' gratitude.

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Traditional ceremonies held as an expression of gratitude for the blessings of abundant natural resources have long been part of cultural practices observed throughout the archipelago. In Jambeyan village, Sragen regency, Central Java, such a tradition named Merti Umbul Bayanan was observed for three days starting from Thursday. Previously celebrated in 2006, Merti Umbul Bayanan returned as not only an expression of gratitude but also as an effort to preserve the local culture and promote tourism in the village. The ceremony began on Thursday afternoon with the men of Jambeyan village cleaning up the area around the Bayanan hot spring pool. Located at the southeast hilly part of Mount Lawu, the hot spring is considered a punden (shrine), or a historical place where the neighborhood of Jambeyan originated. Meanwhile, the women of the village were busy cooking various dishes...