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"Palang Pintu" Betawi Tradition That Once Against Indonesian Colonizers

"Palang Pintu" Betawi Tradition That Once Against Indonesian Colonizers


Martial arts wrapped in art

Indonesia is a country whose territory stretches from east to west, consisting of thousands of islands, because it consists of islands that are connected together, it is not surprising that this country is rich in customs and culture.
Not only does it have recipes that tantalize the taste buds of its audience, Indonesia is also rich in customs and traditions from its regions.
this time we will raise one of the traditions of the capital city of Indonesia, namely Betawi.
Betawi is a tribe that has inhabited or lived in the city of Jakarta since before Indonesia's independence, and the Betawi tribe became an indigenous tribe in the city of Jakarta.
As a tribe, Betawi must have its own culture and traditions, let's call it the "stop door" tradition, which we will discuss today.


"Palang Pintu" is a Betawi custom that is part of the Betawi tribe's wedding ceremony.

"Palang Pintu" is a combination of martial arts and poetry literature, and is accompanied by fresh humor from the players. In this "stop", the champions who act as representatives of the bride and groom will show each other their ability to demonstrate their martial arts movements, and throw rhymes to each other.
After showing some silat movements and reciprocating rhymes, then the groom's group can enter the area of ​​the bride's house to continue the wedding procession.
in the scenario the bride's silat champion must lose in the "palangdoor".


The meaning contained in the tradition of "palang pintu"

The tradition of "doorstop" symbolizes the test that must be passed by the groom in his attempt to woo the bride.
The champion from the area of ​​origin of the male must be able to beat the champion who comes from the area where the woman lives.
This is in accordance with the implementation where the groom's entourage must pass the challenges given by the woman. Meanwhile, reciprocating rhymes is interpreted as a manifestation of diplomacy. Palang Pintu also serves to bring closer relations between villages and between families.

Although synonymous with weddings, Palang Pintu can also be used for other events such as welcoming guests and other cultural events.

The origin of the "palang pintu"

"Palang Pintu" was originally created because at that time the Betawi people had a habit of learning self-defense, namely silat. Betawi people in ancient times, learning self-defense is a must for Betawi boys, in order to be able to protect themselves and their surroundings from the threats of the invaders, because at that time there were still many invaders roaming around who often disturbed the Betawi people in the past. before Indonesia's independence.
Each Betawi village has a different martial art, usually when guests visit from other villages, the Betawi people in the past used to welcome their guests by practicing self-defense together.
Betawi men in ancient times were also required to be good at Islamic religious knowledge.

This was finally made a habit into the Betawi cultural wedding ritual. Before starting the marriage, the man is given a challenge by the woman to defeat the hero or champion of the woman.
Islam is the main guideline for the life of the Betawi people, therefore Betawi culture is greatly influenced by the values ​​of Islamic teachings, including the values ​​contained in the "Palang Pintu" culture.

The legendary Betawi "palang pintu"


Parents who have daughters from the Betawi tribe are very careful in giving their blessing to men to propose to their daughters.
Men are demanded to be able to protect and become priests for their wives and children in the future, therefore in ancient times, the "palang pintu" was a condition that indicated that a man could protect women and could also be a guide for his female partner.



Many moral messages contained

In ancient times "palang Pintu" is a tradition which means more in the process of testing the knowledge of the groom which aims to test how high the knowledge of silat and Islamic religious knowledge is mastered by the groom.

Usually when the "palang Pintu" tradition takes place, there must be musical accompaniment that accompanies it, and the music that accompanies the "Palang Pintu" is called Marawis, namely a number of percussion instruments, which can also be called "Ketimpring" or tambourines, which will add to the excitement. the "palang pintu" tradition.

That's a bit of a story about the "palang pintu" tradition of the Betawi tribe, next time we will discuss stories or unique traditions that exist in Indonesia.
Remember, Indonesia is not just Bali.
May the colors of the world color your life too.

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