Features of traditional weapons of Western Java Kuyang and their types : CROXYPROXY

The variety of traditional West Javanese weapons unique and needs to be preserved

Getting to know the different traditional weapons of  West Java is a form of love for the homeland and the state.   As the next generation of  the nation,  the young men and women of the nation can know different kinds  of patriotic cultures in order to better preserve them.

Thus,  the cultural heritage  does not later disappear into offspring . In fact, Indonesia  is indeed a country rich in culture.   Not only  traditional  weapons, but also  many folk songs, traditional clothing, to traditional houses and  until now have been preserved for  the  good of the nation.

5  Traditional weapons of West Java

The province of West Java, which  is  part of the island of  Java,  has a diversity of uniqueness that is truly charming.   Here you will find a lot of unique old-fashioned  equipment that  will amaze  you from time  to time.   In the past  ,  these weapons  were used in the performance of labor activities.

The inhabitants of West Java province use it for a  variety of  purposes, from hunting, agriculture to   a tool for their protection.   However,  times are constantly evolving.   Traditional weapons are no longer used  in  everyday life.   Its existence was then preserved, and today it is stored in various museums.

Some types of traditional West Javanese weapons are  still owned by Sundanes.   The varieties that  you can recognize up to the modern era  , are  here.

  1. Bedog

A bedog is a  knife-like weapon.   The size of this thing seems quite large.   Most  of the  inhabitants of the island of Java must be familiar with Bedog.   It reaches  a size  of  40 cm   and is made of steel and iron. The steel  and iron are then smoothed and piping with forging.

  1. Crab

Among the inhabitants  of  West Java province,  the traditional weapon of   West Java is called ani-ani.    This is an object equipped with pisa eyes  on  one side  and handmade wood on  the other  . The tool is used to harvestvegetables from kangkung.   This device is also used  for harvesting rice.

  1. Congkrang

At  first glance, this weapon  is similar  to  a hoe.   The size is easier to grasp by hand.   Usually this  tool is used on plantations for agriculture.   Congkrang is more commonly used by women .   Meanwhile,  men more often use hoes.

  1. Sulimat

Indeed, the province of West Java is very rich in a variety of  weapons.   Sulimat is an object for peeling coconuts from the skin. The blade is pointed and sharp, so it can be used to exfoliate such a hard scalp.

  1. Gold

The existence of this thing can be very popular in different regions. This thing is used when performing daily activities. The blade is  sharply curved, and the shape is similar to a crescent moon.   Its presence is used for pruning shrubs and grasses.

Features of traditional weapons of Western Java Kuyang and their types

Until now, you must have known various past facilities from different regions, including the province of West Java. Onthe mun actually, what are the benefits? There are different benefits that can be taken advantage of.

One of the traditional weapons of West  Java is the Kuyang.   You need to be familiar with this one thing.   As it turned out, the types are quite diverse. Each type has a different function.  Here are some features and types.

Kujang It became a typical Sundan type of instrument.  The Sundanes even believed that the objects contained magical and sacral.   Therefore,  they refer to it as Hyang or Kudi, which is an ancient language.

They believe that Kudi or Hyang  has supernatural powers.   In the old  Sundan language,  Hyang  is interpreted as God.

Their sizes vary. Some are  20 cm and some are  25 cm . This thing is used by men.  Historians conduct research on researchers.   The results are amazing.   It is said that the  weapon was used in  the  8th century.  To date,  the traditional West Javanese weapon has various  functions such as:

  1. Agricultural tools

Some Sundanes use Kuyang for agriculture.   They also use it  for spreading  to prune wild  herbs.

  1. Symbol

Also, Kuyang’s weapon is not   necessarily used when performing various actions, but as a symbol.

  1. Heritage

This weapon is also used as a protection of weapons when waging war.

  1. Decoration

Many people in West Java province still have weapons  from the past in their homes that  they can display.

How to use the traditional weapons of West Java in Baliunga

In addition to Kuyang, Baliung is  one of the past devices from Sunda that  has survived   to this day.   The shape of the object is like an axe, but it already looks a little more modern.  In general,  its function is  almost like an axe, which is the felling of trees of large size.

Thus, this device is not only history like traditional equipment.  The Sundanes still preserve it and even use it  until  entering  modern times, as it is now. People who  often use it  are those who work in forestry.

This thing  has a rather unique shape.   Its size reaches 35 cm, if measured up to the handle. If   you look at it,  the  handle of this thing at first glance looks quite thick. If it is lifted strong enough.  In this way, the cutting force that  it will produce is certainly very high.

You can find the side of the balung with a sharp and rough surface . The long and thick  part  is then secured so that the bark of the tree to  be felled can be scratched.   Even trees with hard bark  can be scratched with Baliung.

Bandung Museum West Java Traditional Weapons Collection

In different regions of the country, traditional  tools used since ancient  times have actually  been preserved.   They are located inside the museum so that  the   current generation can  still use and study them.

It turns  out that  not many people know  that  the Bandung Museum has a collection of historical objects, including traditional weapons from Sunda.   The collection is numerous and amazing.   They are neatly cared for, so  it  is very easy for any visitor to see and learn about them.

Various collections of ancient war weapons can be seen exactly on Pakarang Sasusuhan Earth. This museum  is located in the Arcamanik KOTA Bandung. In fact, the museum is owned by Gun Gun Gurnadi.  In addition  to being used as  a museum, he used it as a residence.

On the first floor you will find a glass box with various weapons typical  of the province of West Java. There are Keris, Kujang and many others.   At the entrance to the  second floor,  you can see various kinds of objects displayed in  a glass cabinet, on the wall, until they are placed on the table.

Surely you will also be surprised when you enter floor number 3. Various  types of beggies, kuyangs and daggers are depicted on the floor.   The walls on the 3rd floor are almost full of various exhibited weapons.   Even the  shelves of the owner  were  made on the basis that the  walls were not enough to display weapons.

The younger generation  can love culture  and  homeland through peran and preserve the diversity of traditional amenities.   In fact  , you can try to use it when the object is actually sold.   Keep the  traditional weapons of  West Java for the  good of the nation.


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