Tumpeng as a symbol of life in society

Tumpeng as a symbol of life in society

Culture is something that cannot be separated from the pattern of community life. In people's lives, traditional ceremonies become a daily technical activity. In this case, humans carry out traditional ceremonial activities as a form of request for salvation, blessing, peace, and various other things to the almighty. As a Javanese society, who is firm with various traditional traditions, there is the inclusion of food in the process that is in the implementation of the ceremony as ubarampe.

Food is an embodiment of gratitude to the love of the creator for all the blessings that have been given as well as for the form of prayer. In Javanese cosmology, the ideal of praying is done with sincerity in its delivery. Therefore, the implementation of traditional ceremonies is always accompanied by various snacks that are included with the hope that prayers can be granted.

The Annual Museum Exhibition (AMEX) exhibition, entitled "Upaboga: When Food Tells a Story", presents various types of food replicas that are usually presented in traditional Javanese ceremonies, one of which is tumpeng. Tumpeng is a complex dish with various side dishes. The term Tumpeng itself has a symbolic meaning that is reflected in it. Etymologically, tumpeng is an acronym for "Tumpaking Panguripan-Tumindak Lempeng-Tumuju Pangeran" (the order of life is to walk in a straight line-to God).

In a series of foods contained in the cone has a meaning as a symbol of human life. In Javanese society there are at least 37 types of cones, including: Tumpeng Megana, Tumpengjanganan, Tumpeng Pungkur, Tumpeng Alus, Tumpeng Dumplak, Tumpeng Kendit, and various other types of cones. Food as offerings contained in traditional Javanese ceremonies which always have symbolic and philosophical aspects that become a picture of the nature of thinking in people's lives. (JEF)

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