Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Faces of Tenggerese

Besides having natural beauty, Bromo also have a friendly society they called Tenggerese People (Tribe of Tengger). Tenggerese live in several villages around the area of ​​Mount Bromo. According to myth or legend, they are the descent of Roro Anteng who is the daughter of King Brawijaya with Joko Seger son of a Brahmana. 'Tengger' name derived from the names of both husband and wife, namely, "Teng" from Roro Anteng and "Ger" from Joko Seger. Legend of Roro and Joko Seger Anteng that God promised to give their youngest son, 'Raden Kusuma' is the beginning of the ceremony Kasodo in Tengger. According to some historians, Tenggerese is native Javanese who at that time lived in the heyday of the Majapahit. When the arrival of Islam in Indonesia (Java) when it happened interface between Islamic kingdoms in Java, one of which is a feeling of urgency Majapahit with the advent of Islamic influence, then fled to Bali and rural areas around Mount Bromo and Semeru . Those who dwell in the surrounding hinterland of Mount Bromo is then set up a village named after their leader's name is endings Anteng Roro and Joko Seger.

The majority of Tengger people were Hindus, but different with  Hindu religion in Bali (Hindu-Dharma). Tenggerese people mostly believe in Hindu-Mahayana. At present Tengger people commonly live as farmers in the fields. The principle they are not willing to sell the land (fields) to others. Range of their agricultural products are potatoes, cabbage, carrots, tobacco, and corn. Besides farming, there are some of Tengger people who work as tourist guides in Bromo.

*** Photos and Text by Haryadi Wijaya ***


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