THE ENCHANTING SUNDANESE CUSTOMS
Sundanese is one of the tribal group in Indonesia who inhabit west java. Their customs is as rich as its exotic fertile land and enchanting people.
As in a marriage, it is considered as a sacred event to the family as well as to the community. A unique customs which involving hundreds of people or thousands includes the invited ones. The tradition is commonly performed after the wedding ceremony.
MEULEUM HARUPAT (Burning sticks from Sugar Palm leaflet)
The groom holds a bunch of burning “Harupat”, dried sticks from the Sugar Palm leaflets and the bride holds a jug that contains water. The groom then put the burning sticks in to the water in the jug and pulls it back after the fire is extinguished and finally broken it into two parts and throw them away. This ceremony symbolizes an advice to the bride and groom to be in togetherness in solving any problem that usually appeared in the family.
The “Harupat” as its nature is a strong stick and as sharp as a spine/thorn when cracked symbolizing hard character/ harmful, or unpleasant temper that usually appears as human nature.
The jug containing water is the symbol of a wife who has a cool mind to eliminate harmful emotion.
NINCAK ENDOG (Stepping on an egg)
The groom steps on an egg and broke it. This ceremony is addressed to the wedding couple in which was formerly use as a lesson how to manage first night as wife and husband based on love and affection as well as respect to each other and how to comply with in terms of religious teaching.
A piece of small Bamboo tube (10 to 15 cm long), an egg, a jug containing water and a hand towel are the basic element that should be provided in this ceremony.
After the groom broke the egg with his toe, the bride kneel to wash with the water from the jug and clean them with the hand towel. Finally both of them hold the empty jug and slam it to the ground till broke up in to pieces.
This ceremony always makes everyone laugh since it is always accompanied with full of jokes related to sexual issues.
PAREBUT BAKAKAK (to pull out a grilled chicken)
A grilled chicken symbolizes luck that has to be obtained by both of the bride and the groom. they hold the leg part one side for each other then pull it out simultaneously. When the grilled chicken is split in to two parts, we can see how large it is that hold by the bride and the groom. They say the size of the piece shows the measures of the opportunities to get fortune/ windfalls in the future.
to be continued …. part 5