20 unique traditions of Indonesian society

Every country in the world has its own tradition. Talking about tradition is always interesting to discuss. In addition, we live in countries with diverse ethnicities and cultures.

Each tribe certainly has its own tradition. Of course, the unique tradition of our society can only be found in Indonesia. Here are a variety of unique traditions of Indonesian society, from what is considered natural to extremes.

1. Sharpen the teeth of West Sumatra, a unique tradition of Indonesian people

The Mentawai tribe of the Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra has a unique tradition of sharpening their teeth. This tradition is usually carried out by women.

They believe that sharpening teeth increases the attractiveness and beauty of women. This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation and is also used as a sign of the maturity of Mentawai women.

2. Central Kalimantan Tiwa

The Tiwa ritual is performed by the Dayak people of Central Kalimantan. Tiwa itself is a death-related ritual.

The Dayak believe that death needs to be completed so that the spirit can live with its Creator, Ranny Hatara Langit. Therefore, the basic purpose of holding this ritual is to bring the spirit to Luwu or to the afterlife to Ranying Hatalla Langit.

In this ritual, the corpse is placed in a small house, Nyahu or Sandung Hall, as a place to store the bones of the corpse.

3. The tradition of cutting fingers with papua

As an expression of loss and sadness, the Dani people in Papua usually have a finger-cutting tradition, also known as the Ikiparek tradition. This tradition is carried out by the families of the deceased.

The number of finger cuts is based on the number of deceased families. The finger has a very deep meaning to the tick because it is a symbol of harmony and unity. Still, this tradition is beginning to be abandoned.

4. North Toraja Manne

The Mime Jr. ritual is performed by the people of Northern Toraja. This ritual is performed by removing corpses from decades to hundreds of years ago from the tomb. What do you think the purpose is?

The purpose of the ritual itself is to cleanse and change clothes. This ritual also means honoring our ancestors.

5. Pasora of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), a unique tradition of Indonesian people

The Wanokaka community at NTT’s West Sumba Regency also has a unique tradition, Pasora, that is still maintained today. Pasora is held before the planting season.

In this ritual, two “Knights of Sumba” attack each other with a wooden hammer while riding a horse.

Locals believe that blood droplets can fertilize the soil. As a result, they also expect a good harvest and a good harvest.

6. Banteng Seba

In this modern age, technology is inseparable. Baduy is different from Baduy because it is isolated from the changing times.

Apart from refusing to modernize, the Baduy tribe of Banten also has a unique tradition known as Seba.

Seba is a tradition in which the Baduy tribe walks 100 km to keep in touch and provide crops to Ibgede and Bapakgede, or the Regent of Lebak and the Governor of Banten.

7. Singkawang’s Datong

We will showcase the tradition of Datong as a celebration of Cap Go May, the people of Singkawang in West Kalimantan. In Hakka, Datong means a person possessed by a spirit or a god.

The human body is used as an intermediary to communicate with the spirits and gods of our ancestors. Like Debs, Datong is unaffected by sharp objects such as needles, swords, and even sticks.

8. Tithi in Mentawai Islands

In addition to the tradition of sharpening teeth, the Mentawai have another unique tradition of tattooing Titi and her body. To carry out this tradition, the community must first perform the ritual.

Also, the tattoo motif used cannot be arbitrary. Later tattoos show an identity as well as the identity of the Mentawai itself.

9. Tanatraja’s solo sign

Rambu Solo is one of the most famous and unique traditions in Indonesian society. Rambu Solo is a traditional funeral in Tanatraja, South Sulawesi. This ceremony is held in honor of the deceased.

When he completes the entire Rambu Solo procession, those who die are considered really dead.

If unsatisfied, the community treats the dead like a sick person. The trick is still given food, drink and put on the bed.

10. Burn the barge with the rear

The next unique tradition of the Indonesian people is in Riau’s Bagancia Piapi. Seti
In June, the Chinese here carry out the Bacar Tonkan tradition. In this ritual, people usually burn large ships that were previously built.

11. Sigajang Laleng Lipa, Indonesian unique and extreme tradition in South Sulawesi

Sigajang Laleng Lipa is a tradition practiced by the Bugis. Sigajang Laleng Lipa is one of the extreme and horrifying traditions. But in its implementation, this tradition is always deadly.

When resolving a problem, the deliberation usually takes place first. If you can’t find a bright spot this way, this tradition is the last resort.

In this tradition, two parties to the conflict usually enter the salon. Both of them go into gloves without bare hands, aliases are provided by badik. After removing the buddy, do not push it into your waist before it rains on your opponent’s body.

12. Omed Omedan, Bali

Omed Omedan is known not only as a place to find friends, but also as a tradition, which is usually done in Banjar Kaja, Cetane Village, Bali. This tradition is usually done by young people and has been around since the 18th century.

In Balinese, omed-omedan means mutual attraction. The categories that can participate in this event are for people aged 17 to 30 years. If you cannot participate, you cannot follow.

13. The smell of Nier from West Nusa Tenggara (NTB)

It is natural to look for fish in the sea. But what about looking for worms in the ocean? Believe it or not, in fact, this tradition exists in Indonesia, exactly Lombok.

Baunard is a tradition that explains this. This tradition belongs to the Sasak people of Rombok. This tradition is carried out by catching sea worms (nyale) on the south coast of Lombok.

14. Banyuwangi’s Kebokeboan’s unique tradition

People who carry out this unique tradition in Indonesia dress like buffalo with artificial horns and ears.

This tradition is carried out by the Oshin tribe of Banyuwangi. The purpose of the ceremony itself is to express gratitude for a good harvest.

15. Balinese Mekalecare, a unique tradition of Indonesian people

The Balinese people are known for their unique and interesting traditions, one of which is the Mekalekare tradition. The Mekalekale or Pandanas War ritual is a tradition that takes place in the village of Tenganan, Bali, and is usually performed only by men.

Men participating in this war will be provided with a mace or pandanus as a weapon and a rattan shield.

16. Java, Brobosan

The Brobosan tradition is a death ritual. Literally, Brobosan means breakthrough.

Later, the corpse family walks under the casket or casket that is being lifted. This tradition is carried out as a final form of respect for the corpse.

17. Warga, North Sulawesi, a unique Indonesian tradition

Warga, which is derived from the word “war” which means “house” and “body” or “body”, can be interpreted as “a house where the body returns to heaven”. The Warga tradition is carried out by the Minahasan tribe of North Sulawesi.

History is the starting point of this tradition, and the Minahasan people have long believed that spirits have power.

Therefore, the locals build special tombs. The burial of the body is done in a hollow stone box and closed with a triangular stone.

18. West Sumatra, Batombe

Pantun is very closely related to Betawi culture. However, it is not only the Betawi people but also the West Sumatra people who have this tradition. This tradition developed in the Nagaria by community in the South Solo Crigency of West Sumatra.

Like the Pantun traditions of other regions, this tradition, known as Batombe, is also a rhyming art with the accompaniment of a Rabab instrument.

19. West Sumatra, Tabick

Tabuik is a festival and an annual tradition believed to have existed since the 19th century. This annual festival is a typical tradition of the Pariaman people in West Sumatra.

The tabic ceremony was held to commemorate the death of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, Hussein Bin Ali on the 10th of Muharram.

20. Grebeg Shawal in Yogyakarta, a unique tradition of Indonesian people

Like the unique traditions of the Indonesian people mentioned above, Yogyakarta also has its own tradition, Grebeg Shawar. Grebegshawir is a timeless tradition.

The reason is that this tradition is routinely carried out in commemoration of Eid al-Fitr. Grebeg Syawal is run by bringing Gunungan, which will be distributed to the community later. The mountains contain the products of the earth.