KUPASONLINE.COM — Papua is one of the largest provinces in Indonesia and is located in the eastern region of Indonesia. Besides having abundant nature, Papua is also rich in culture and traditions.
Like other regions in Indonesia, Papua is also steeped in hereditary customs and still preserves its traditions to this day.
This tradition, which is still maintained by the Papuan people, includes traditional Papuan ceremonies which are carried out at certain moments. Papuan traditional ceremonies are currently not just ceremonies, but also a tourist attraction for tourists.
So, what are the traditional Papuan ceremonies that are still sustainable today? What is its uniqueness and the philosophy behind it? Check out the various traditional Papuan ceremonies and their philosophy below!
Various Papuan Traditional Ceremonies and Their Philosophy
1. Papuan Traditional Ceremonies: Stone Burning, Ritual Cooking Together
The first Papuan traditional ceremony is the stone burning ceremony which is a form of gratitude for the people of Papua. This ceremony is a tradition, in which the Papuan people carry out a cooking ritual together.
In its development, this stone burning ceremony has different names, such as Barapen in Jayawijaya, Kit Oba Isago in Wamena, and Mogo Gapil in Paniai.
Usually, the stone burning ceremony is performed by inland tribes such as Nabire, Baliem Valley, Central Mountains, Paniai, Bintang Mountains, Yahukimo and Dekai. Historically, the stone burning ceremony for people in the central highlands of Papua is a fast for burning pork.
However, as a form of tolerance, currently the people of Papua do not have to or do not always burn pigs, sometimes they also burn cows, goats and chickens.
The Batu Bakar ceremony is carried out to welcome news of happiness such as the implementation of traditional marriages, births, coronation of tribal chiefs and gathering soldiers when going to war.
Apart from that, the stone burning ceremony is also a symbol of the simplicity that the people of Papua have, who always uphold equal rights, justice, sincerity, cohesiveness, honesty, and sincerity that brings peace.