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Annual Eksotika Bromo enlivens ‘Yadnya Kasada’ ceremony

Aman Rochman

The Jakarta Post

Probolinggo, East Java  /  Sat, June 30, 2018  /  07:30 pm
  • A dancer performs at the Yadnya Kasada ritual on Mount Bromo, East Java

    A dancer performs at the Yadnya Kasada ritual on Mount Bromo, East Java OF JP/Aman Rochman

    A dancer performs at the Yadnya Kasada ritual on Mount Bromo, East Java

  • Dance performances are staged during the Yadnya Kasada ritual on Mount Bromo, East Java.

    Dance performances are staged during the Yadnya Kasada ritual on Mount Bromo, East Java. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Dance performances are staged during the Yadnya Kasada ritual on Mount Bromo, East Java.

  • Offerings are carried early in the morning to the crater of Mount Bromo.

    Offerings are carried early in the morning to the crater of Mount Bromo. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Offerings are carried early in the morning to the crater of Mount Bromo.

  • Offerings are delivered into the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada ritual.

    Offerings are delivered into the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada ritual. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Offerings are delivered into the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada ritual.

  • Tengger people express appreciation to nature for providing for them.

    Tengger people express appreciation to nature for providing for them. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Tengger people express appreciation to nature for providing for them.

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Art and culture event Eksotika Bromo was staged again prior to the ceremony of Yadnya Kasada on Friday, June 29. According to Saka (the Hindu lunar calendar used by the natives of Bromo), it is now the year 1940.

Held on the soil of Mount Bromo, Yadnya Kasada began with a procession carried by village officials, bringing an engkek (offering) from Pura Agung (the Great Temple). The offering was thrown into the crater of the mountain on Saturday, June 30, at 4 a.m.

The Tengger tribe, natives of Mount Bromo, live in 60 villages around the mountain, comprising regencies Probolinggo, Lumajang and Pasuruan and the city of Malang.

Eksotika Bromo organizing committee head Heri Lentho Prasetyo explained that the event featured a Bale Ganjur music performance from Probolinggo, Jaranan Slining theater performance from Lumajang, Reog dance from Ponorogo and Tengger Jaranan parade, where jaranan means toy horses.

Eksotika Bromo is also set to stage the colossal Tengger Kidung dance theater performance by the Jatiswara community, as well as Nyawiji poetry readings.

“This event is held in conjunction with 100 moments of Wonderful Indonesia, aiming to increase the growth of tourism's creative industry,” said Heri to The Jakarta Post.

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The Yadnya Kasada ceremony serves as the Tengger people’s way of expressing appreciation to their gods, whom they believe have granted them with blessings, abundance and welfare.

Tengger is a portmanteau of the names Roro Anteng and Joko Seger, who are believed to be ancestors of the tribe. The people run the tradition of offering crops and cattle to their gods through the Mount Bromo crater every 14th day of the Kasada month according to their calendar.

There is usually the inauguration of a new shaman that lengthens the prayer and offering ceremonies, but it will not take place this year. (mut)

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