Welcoming Ramadan with the Tradition of Burning Stones [Bakar Batu] in the Style of Papuan Muslims Strengthens Relationships between Tribes

goodmorningpapua.com – It’s no secret that Papua, used to be called Irian, is inhabited by so many tribes.

 So, it’s not strange, if in Papua there are various traditions that are definitely embedded in their daily lives.

 And, it’s not just a lot, you know, the tradition also gives its own nuance, it makes sense, if Papua is then full of culture.

The fun thing is, each tradition has a uniqueness that has never existed in any part of the world. So that makes Papua appear more colorful.

 One of the unique traditions is burning stones. The tradition was originally initiated by the Dani Tribe, in the Jayawijaya Mountains.

 However, in its development this tradition was also adopted by many other tribes, one of which was the Lani Tribe.

The tradition of burning stones is usually held as a form of gratitude to God. Also, for familiarizing and establishing a relationship between the members.

 Not only that, this tradition is also often held to welcome the good news, to gather war troops or post-war parties.

 Then, there are also those who hold the tradition of burning stones, but to welcome at once to be grateful for the coming of the holy month of Ramadan.

It is clear that this activity is carried out by tribal members who have become Muslims, for example some of the Dani tribe.

 A very positive attitude, even though you are Muslim, you don’t forget your ancestral traditions.

 In fact, they embrace non-Muslim relatives or relatives. Of course, the burning of stones is no longer using pork, but chicken.

This tradition is carried out together, where the men arrange stones on dry wood that has been arranged neatly.

 The stone was covered with leaves, plus dry grass and then burned. And, not far from the place where the stone burned, a hole was previously made.

 After the stone is hot, it is inserted and arranged in the hole, on top of which various food ingredients are placed: sweet potatoes, vegetables, taro, cassava, bananas and chicken.

On top of the pile is covered again with sweet potato leaves, as well as vegetables. Then, close it tightly and put hot stone on it again.

 Once cooked, the hole is dismantled, and the food is distributed to all present. Regardless of religious background. A sacred ritual to welcome Ramadan but also followed by those of other religions. It is clear how strong tolerance in Papua is.

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