Bogor’s Sindangbarang Village

Showcasting Sundanese’s Culture at Bogor’s Sindangbarang Village

Kampung Sindangbarang or Sindangbarang village is located in Desa Pasireurih, Kecamatan Tamansari, Kabupaten Bogor, Jawa Barat Indonesia. A distance of only 5 km from the city of Bogor, or 60 km from the city of Jakarta. Located at the altitude of 350 to 500 meters above sea level, consists of 14 neighborhoods and 54 RT, with a population of up to 12,000 people. Most of the population is becoming sendal shoes craftsmen and farmers. 90% of the population and the Islamic system of family still hold a very high life in the day-to-day. Rainfall in the village culture sindangbarang is enough and the weather ranges between 23 degrees C at night and 300 C in the afternoon. All buildings are building houses on stilts made of wood and bamboo materials, by using a palm roof.

Sindangbarang, a village not too far from Bogor sought to restore its ancient tradition as the final procession of Seren Taun Guru Bumi took place on Monday, January 23rd, 2011 the ritual expression of gratitude the people of God on the results of Harvest and the results obtained on the ground this year and hope to harvest next year will be better. After a week full of sacred ceremonies, the procession came to a pinnacle with the harvest parade or the helaran dongdang followed by the rice mating or Majikeun Pare in the heart of the Sindangbarang Cultural Village. As a tradition that dated back to the age of Padjadjaran Kingdom, the Seren Taun Guru Bumi Ceremony was not merely a series of sacred rituals, but also a time of festivities. Villagers and crowds from everywhere could join in and mingle in this annual celebration. The celebration was also a time where nature and God are praised, cultures are honored, and wisdoms are passed down.