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04-10-2011, 09:42

Tengger People And Yadna Kasada

Tenggerese or Tengger People is one of Indonesian tribes that live around Bromo Mountain which located around Pasuruan, Lumajang, Probolinggo and Malang Regency.

Tenggerese are being known as obedient Hindu followers. For them, Bromo Mountain is sacred. In once in a year they held ceremony of Kasada or Yadnya Kasada as a thanks giving to the Lord. This ceremony is always held in midnite in full moon time around date of 14 or 15, based on Javanese Calender.

Beside Hindu, Tenggerese are also incorporated with Buddhist and Animist. Like Balinese, they worship Sang Hyang Widi Wasa or Big Almighty Lord. Their places of worship include the Punden, Poten and Danyang. The Poten is a sacred area of ground at Mt. Bromo's Sand sea, and becomes the focus of the annual Kasada Ceremony. Within the Poten, it contains several buildings and enclosures, arranged in a specific composition called the Mandalas (Zones).

The Tenggeres also worship a host of spirits or such ancestor worship. Cikal Bakal is the spirit of the founders of the village, while the Roh Bahurekso is the village guardian spirit and The Roh Leluhur is the spirit of ancestors.

The name Tengger is believed taken from the name of the ancestor, who was Roro Anteng and Joko Seger. In daily speaking, Tenggerese speak in Javanese, in Majapahit dialect, which is Bahasa Tengger. They also have their own written based on Kavi script, an old Javanese Brahmu type.

Kasodo is the annual ceremony that always be held by Tengger People. Every December or January, this ceremony is always held. This ceremony is like the offering season for Tengger people. They ask for bountiful harvest and remedy for various disease. In other hand, they give offering to the god by tossing into the crater of Mount Bromo.

The people who give the offering have to cliff off to the crater and reach to catch the offering from into the crater, this is the symbol of blessing from the Almighty.

Seizing the offering is become an interactive attraction, which is challenging and terrifying. Because it quite danger if it is slipped and fall into the crater.