The Tepung Tawar Ceremony
Tepung tawar if in considered from Indonesia consisted of "Tepung "words and "Tawar" words, and The Tepung Tawar is flour that had the tasteless feeling and not salt. But if in the Malay Sambas language "Tawar" words approaching said "Jampi"words or the "Spell"not salty.When the "Jampi"words is significant water that has is read out the spell or also the prayers by elder of the village.
The aim the main function in held the ceremony was living safety without any fear of being haunted, of course is the desire of all people. Fear of ghosts,including one of them. For some people, maybe this is very surprising. However this is believed by name communities in west Kalimantan. The Tepung Tawar Ceremony celebrate to especially children,pregant women,or babies in their live often get trouble from the spirit.
The spirits is a ghost, Malay cultures believe that there wasa ghost that was named Kuntilanak. The ghost likes to disturb people,especially children,pregant women or babies.Many of them said that Kuntilanak kidnap childrens and drink bloods from babies that just born.To avoid this,they made the Tepung Tawar Ceremony.
To do this,they neeed to prepare complete equipments before starting the ceremony.The eqiupments are :
- Yellow flour is flour that is made from ground rice mixed with pandan leaves and turmeric,then insert it into tudung telak.
- Tudung telak is a bamboo rod that has diameter twenty-inch meters,with 18 inches high.
- And then there is pentawar which is made of palm leaves like a tapak bebek flower has a stalk.
- Tetungkal is leaves that is formed by amount of approximately twenty spicies tied and then cut at end of base so that surpace become flat.
After all ingredients and equipment are ready,we still need five family member to perform teh Tepung Tawar Ceremony.The five member we be divided to two groups,three members hold tetungkal and two members to do pentawar. After that they are ready tov perform The Tepung Tawar Ceremony.
To perform this,the five members were asked to circle the baby who wants to be protect from interferences spirits. After strirring the flour,tetungkal and penawar are made from the leaves and coconut leaves were dipped in flour and then stamped on her forehead, left,and right foot while saying the prophet invocation (sholawat) to beg salvation.This ceremony is followed by a subsequent event that is cutting the baby's hair.
Tepung Tawar Ceremony is believed to avoid people from any fear of ghost.For some people maybe this is very strange. However,this is believed by some communities in west Kalimantan. This ceremony can be something attractive for tourist who want to see directly when this ceremony held,the goverment needs to care and establish it as cultural wealth.