Seba Baduy 2019
3 - 5 May 2019 | 08:00 - Finish
Organized By : Dinas Pariwisata Provinsi Banten
Contact : Dinas Pariwisata Provinsi Banten ‑ firstname.lastname@example.org | 0254-267060
In the Baduy language, “Seba” means offerings. Seba Baduy then is an offering ritual, as well as a report to Ibu Gede (Big Mom) and Bapak Gede (Big Dad), namely the Regent of Lebak, Iti Octavia Jayabaya and the Governor of Banten, Wahidin Halim. The people of Baduy report various events that have happened in their community for the past one year to the their Regent and Governor. This is their form of gratitude for their agricultural output and of their wish to share with others. This ritual is assumed to have been going on before the Sultanate of Banten era.
When Seba Baduy takes place, thousands of Inner Baduy and Outer Baduy people usually flock to Serang City. Inner Baduy communities wearing white clothes come on foot. Meanwhile the group of Outer Baduy people come by truck.
Prior to this offering ritual and report, the Inner Baduy and Outer Baduy communities have carried out the Ngawalu and Ngalaksa traditional rituals. Ngawalu is a ritual held right after the harvest that lasts for three months. During this period, the Baduy tourist areas are closed, and its completion is marked by the Ngalaksa ritual, when they hold a thanksgiving ritual by visiting their family and neighbours, keeping in touch and delivering foods as their form of gratitude.
In addition to giving offerings in the form of harvest, it is also during this ritual that a cultural dialogue between the people of Inner and Outer Baduy and the leaders of Banten region takes place. In this cultural discussion, the people of Inner and Outer Baduy leave a message to the government to preserve nature, forests, and the environment. Baduy people live in the forest area of Mount Kendeng. Environmental sustainability needs to be maintained as they believe that it can keep disasters away.
Posted on 30 April 2019