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Kasada Ceremony

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 19: A General view of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, the location of the Tenggerese villages where the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada Festival is held on 19 July 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA – July 19: A General view of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, the location of the Tenggerese villages where the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada Festival is held on 19 July 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

 

Kasada Ceremony, photo essay by Yuan Adriles


Mount Bromo is one of the active volcanoes in East Java, Indonesia.

This mountain has an altitude of 2,329 meters with a crater diameter of ± 800 meters (north-south) and ± 600 meters (east-west). While the danger area of a circle with a radius of 4 km from the center of the crater Bromo included into the area of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park not only presents the beauty of the landscape, there are a small minority of Java known as the Tenggerese or a tribe who settled in the area around the mountain.

The Tenggerese believes Mount Bromo / Mount Brahma as a sacred mountain. Once a year the Tengger community held a ceremony Yadnya Kasada or Kasodo. The ceremony was held at a temple located at the foot of Mount Bromo and continued to the peak of Bromo. The ceremony was held at midnight to early morning every full moon around 14 or 15 in Kasodo (tenth) according to the Javanese calendar.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 19: General view of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, the location of the Tenggerese villages where the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada Festival is held on 19 July 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

General view of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, the location of the Tenggerese villages where the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada Festival is held on 19 July 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 19: General view of the Poten, the ritual location of the Tenggerese villages where the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada Festival is held on 19 July 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

General view of the Poten, the ritual location of the Tenggerese villages.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 20: A Tenggerese worshipper climb to collects holy water at Widodaren cave during the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival on July 20, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

A Tenggerese worshipper climb to collects holy water at Widodaren cave during the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 20: A Tenggerese Resi Pujangga praying for an worshipper as they collect holy water at Widodaren cave during the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival on July 20, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

A Tenggerese Resi Pujangga praying for an worshipper as they collect holy water at Widodaren cave.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 20: Tenggerese worshippers give a sajenan as offering to Resi Pujangga as they pray at Widodaren cave during the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival on July 20, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

Tenggerese worshippers give a sajenan as offering to Resi Pujangga as they pray at Widodaren cave.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 20: Sajenans for Resi Pujangga during the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival on July 20, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

Sajenans for Resi Pujangga.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 20: Tenggerese worshippers collects holy water at Widodaren cave during the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival on July 20, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

Tenggerese worshippers collects holy water at Widodaren.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 20: A Tenggerese worshipper collects holy water at Widodaren cave during the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival on July 20, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

A Tenggerese worshipper collects holy water at Widodaren cave.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 20: Tenggerese worshippers is seen inside the Widodaren cave as they collect holy water and pray during the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival on July 20, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

Tenggerese worshippers is seen inside the Widodaren cave as they collect holy water and pray.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 21: Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshippers climbing with carries offerings to Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival at crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia, 21 July 2016.

Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshippers climbing with carries offerings to Mount Bromo.

PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - July 21: Indonesian Villagers use nets and sarongs as they wait for offerings to be thrown by Hindu worshippers at the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia, 21 July 2016.

Indonesian Villagers use nets and sarongs as they wait for offerings to be thrown by Hindu worshippers at the crater of Mount Bromo.


Yadnya Kasada ritual inherited from their ancestors who are descendants of the Majapahit work in the 14th century. Based on their legend, the pair Joko Seger and Roro Anteng ask the creator of pregnancy in terms mengorbankan with their youngest child named Kusuma as a sacrifice to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa.

After sacrifice, Kusuma convey the message that his parents every year to hold a celebration on the 12th month, or Kasada, year by throwing a part of their crops and vegetables in the form of cattle down the crater. The ritual continues up to now as a sign of gratitude to god Tengger tribe and nature, as well as off the disaster or the wrath of Mount Bromo. (Yuan Adriles)

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