RENGKONG AND SÈRÈN TAUN’ FESTIVAL

RENGKONG AND SÈRÈN TAUN’ FESTIVAL

RENGKONG

The Geopark region is not only about earth, but also about valuable cultural and biodiversity for science and knowledge. In Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu Geopark, especially Kasepuhan Adat Banten Kidul, there are some indigenous villages that have exceptional local wisdom and should be imitated and implementing by us all, that is farming culture or ‘tatanèn’.

Land, for them likened as ‘biological mother or mother nature’ who can only give birth once a year. So even soil, can only be planted once a year, and not using chemical fertilizers. Because the soil must be recovered to be healthy again.

RENGKONG

After the harvest, they carry out an annual commemoration in order to be grateful for what is earned from the “mother nature” by holding a ‘sèrèn taun’ event. In this event displayed various arts, among others ‘Rengkong’ as shown in the picture. The term rèngkong is taken from the name of the tool to carry the rice. This tool is made of bamboo gombong and to tie the pad using the rope injuk. Rengkong is played with bearing while walking, its swing produces a rhythmic sound due to the friction of the rope injuk with bamboo. It is the rhythmic sound that becomes the intention to make a show. And playing rengkong together.