There is a Sacred Tree Lifting Ritual in Cirebon, What’s the Use?

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Cirebon has a unique tradition, namely lifting the sacred tree. What’s this for?

The ritual of lifting logs at the Prince Mancur Jaya Sacred Site, Kertawinangun Village, Kacan Kedawung, Cirebon Regency is a tradition that is routinely carried out every year on 19 Rabiulawal.

The log was named Buyut Kayu Perbatang. The log is sacred because it is believed to be a relic of Prince Cakrabuana, son of King Siliwangi.

Many people were present when the tradition of appointing the great-grandfather of Kayu Perbatang at the Prince Mancur Jaya Sacred Site was carried out.

The Prince Mancur Jaya Sacred Balong Site itself is a site in the form of a balloon or pond with a length of about 5 meters and a width of about 2 meters. This sacred balong is surrounded by a wall made of piles of red bricks with a height of about 1 meter.

Cirebon historian, Mustaqim Asteja recounts the history behind the tradition of appointing the great-grandfather of Kayu Perbatang at the Sacred Balong Site of Prince Mancur Jaya, Kertawinangun Village, Kedawung District, Cirebon Regency.

Ritual of lifting logs at the Sacred Balong Site of Prince Mancur Jaya, Kertawinangun Village, Kedawung District, Cirebon Regency, West Java.Ritual of lifting logs at the Prince Mancur Jaya Sacred Site, Kertawinangun Village, Kedawung District, Cirebon Regency, West Java (Photo: Ony Syahroni/detikJabar)

According to him, the balloon site was once a water source discovered by Prince Mancur Jaya. The story of the discovery of the water source began when Cirebon in the Sultanate era was experiencing a long drought that caused drought.

In the midst of these conditions, Prince Mancur Jaya then received orders from the sultanate to find a spring.

“After searching several places, Prince Mancur Jaya finally arrived at the place where Prince Cakrabuana had visited. There was a tree that was still growing during the time of Prince Cakrabuana, but at that time due to a long drought the tree had turned into a log, ” said Mustaqim.

“Prince Mancur Jaya stopped and sat on the log. While sitting down he saw that behind the wood there was seepage of water. With good intentions to find the source, Prince Mancur Jaya then plunged (stomped) the log into the ground which emitted seepage. water. At that time a very heavy gushing water came out,” he added.

According to Mustaqim, that is the history behind the Sacred Balong Site of Prince Mancur Jaya in Kertawinangun Village, Kedawung District, Cirebon Regency, West Java. Here with a wooden stick named Buyut Kayu Perbatang.

Until now, the tradition of appointing the great-grandmother of Kayu Perbatang at the Prince Mancur Jaya Sacred Site is still ongoing and is routinely carried out every year on 19 Rabiulawal.

This article has been published on detikJabar

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