Saturday, December 25, 2010

Kujang From Indonesia

Directions to the west of Java we will see weapons daera tardisonal the unit from western Java in the KUJANG. Kujang began to be made around the 8th century or  9, made of iron, steel and prestige material, length approximately 20 to 25 cm and weighs about 300 grams.

Kujang is a tool that reflects the critical acumen and power in life also symbolizes strength and courage to protect the rights and truth. Is characteristic, both as weapons, farm tools, symbol, decoration, or souvenirs.

In ancient times this tool is only used by certain groups (the nobility), namely the king, King anom, class pangiwa, panengen, clerical group, the princess and certain women's groups, and the kokolot.

In Discourse and Culture Khasanah Nusantara, Kujang society is recognized as a traditional weapon of West Java (Sunda) and Kujangknown a weapon that has a sacred value and to have magical powers . Some researchers claim that the term comes from the word Kujang Kudihyang with root words and Hyang Kudi. Kujang (also) comes from the word Ujang, which means human or Manusa. Humans are powerful as King Siliwangi. The perfect human being before God and have a high degree Ma'rifat. No wonder ageman (religion) became icons Kujang King Siliwangi. As the King is not invincible.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mandau From Kalimantan

From the island of Borneo we can see the natural beauty that is very enticing and spoil the eye, besides having a variety of tourist places kalimantan also have the traditional weapons of "saber". Saber is a sharp weapon like a machete comes from Kalimantan Dayak culture. Saber is one of Indonesia's traditional weapons. Unlike charcoal, saber has a carving - carving on the blade is not sharp. Often also found additional holes in the blade is covered with a brass or copper with a view to beautify the saber blades.Kumpang
Kumpang is sarong saber blades. Kumpang made of wood, covered with deer antlers, and usually decorated with carvings. In kumpang saber given tempuser Act, namely made of woven ties uei (rattan). Also on kumpang also bound sort of leather bag containing the knife penyerut wood and ivory wood are believed to resist the beast. Saber is tersarungkan in kumpang usually tied around the waist with braided rattan.Threshold
Threshold is the designation for the saber made of ordinary steel. Often used as a souvenir. Lay people or people who are not accustomed to seeing or even holding the saber will be difficult to distinguish between saber with a threshold because when viewed by naked eye are both almost the same. However, both are very different. But if we look in more detail it will show very striking differences, namely the saber are carved or inlaid with gold, copper, or silver and saber more powerful and flexible, because the saber made of volcanic rock that contains iron and processed by an expert. While the threshold is only made of ordinary steel.Raw materials and price
According to the literature of one of the museum, raw materials are iron saber (sanaman) mantikei contained in Matikei River, tumbles Atei Village, District Sanaman Matikei, Samba, East Kotawaringin. This iron is flexible, so easy to be bent. Saber original price starts from Rp. 1 million dollars. Saber-old native old and has a robust metal prices could reach Rp. 20 million rupiah per bar. The raw materials used to manufacture saber can also use iron per car, chainsaw blades, discs other vehicles and iron rods. Working tool that is used primarily is a hammer, betel, and pointed to pierce the iron sebasang saber for garnish. Also used electric-powered air blower to illuminate the flame ironwood waste uses to heat the iron. Ironwood was chosen because it can generate more heat than other wood.
Saber to cideramata usually wooden-handled, prices range from Rp. 50,000 to Rp. 300 000 depending on the iron used. Saber has the original buffer, buffer is a collection of science-Dayak collection obtained from the results of an ascetic or instructions lelulur used for war. Buffer will make people who hold the saber powerful, strong and invulnerable in the face of the enemy. saber and the buffer is a unity that can not be separated out for generations of ancestors.

Carok From Madura

One of the customs of the region is carok Madura, related to the previous post about sickle (Traditional Weapons Madura). Carok is a tradition of murder due to certain reasons associated with self-esteem and then followed by inter-group or inter-clan with using a weapon (usually celurit). There are no official regulations in this fight because carok an act that is considered negative and the criminal and illegal. This is how the Madurese in maintaining self-esteem and "out "of problems that complicated.

Usually, "carok" is the last way that the travel by the Madurese community in solving a problem. Carok usually happens when it comes to issues involving honor / pride for the people of Madura (largely due to infidelity and dignity / honor the family)

Many consider carok is a heinous act and contrary to religious teachings Madurese own though steeped in Islamic religion in general but, individually, many still hold the tradition carok.

The word itself comes from carok Madurese language which means 'fight with honor'.

Clurit From Madura

By the way we came to Madura, in addition to its delicious satay madura also exist in the traditional weapons that are well known everywhere. Sickle, celurit or Crescent is a farming tool in the form of a curved blade resembling a crescent moon. Despite having the same shape; in sickle language tends to be agricultural equipment, while the sickle is referring to the sharp weapon.
Sickle is also a typical weapon of the Madurese, Indonesia and is commonly used as a weapon carok. This weapon is legendary as a weapon commonly used by a character named Sakera. Madurese community will "fill" with khodam celurit prayer by reading prayers before doing carok.