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The Legend of Kasada, Tengger Tribe’s Worship

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The Legend of Kasada, Bromo Ceremony begins in the ancient world. Kasada background of the story of Ancient Java told about Rara Anteng (Princess of Majapahit King) and Jaka Seger (Son of Brahma). Which broken promise to The God, called Hyang Widi. They are the ancestors of the Tengger tribe. The origin of the Tengger tribe is taken from their last name, (An) TENG and (Se) GER.

It is said, they have no children than they begged the gods give them a child. God grants their request to give the child on condition that the last child should be sacrificed in return for their descent. They are not in the gift of the child so they do meditation and pray to Sang Hyang Widhi, suddenly there is a magical voice saying that their meditation will be granted but on condition that has got the offspring, the youngest child should be sacrificed to the crater of Mount Bromo.

Couple Roro Anteng and Jaka Seger agreed and then got 25 sons and daughters, but the instinct of parents still can not bear to lose sons and daughters. In short, the couple Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger break the promise, God became angry with threatening to inflict havoc, then there was a tempestuous circumstance into pitch black crater of Mount Bromo sprayed fire.

Kesuma, his youngest son vanished from the sight of the fire and into the crater of Bromo, along with Kesuma’s disappearance came the unseen voice, “My lovely brothers and sisters, I have been sacrificed by our parents and I wish that Sang Hyang Widhi saved all of you.Live in peace and serenity, don’t forget to worship the Sang Hyang Widhi. I remind you every month of Kasada on the 14th day to make offerings to Sang Hyang Widhi in the crater of Mount Bromo “.

This custom is followed by hereditary by Tengger society and annually held Kasada ceremony in Poten sea of sand and crater of Mount Bromo.Kasada is commemorated every month Kasada day 14th in Javanese calendar and still commemorated to this day.

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