JOKO ANTENG AND RORO SEGER
A Legent of Mount Bromo
Hundreds of years ago, during the reign of the last king of Majapahit, Brawijaya, one of the king’s wifes gave birth to a girl, who was named Roro Anteng. Later this young princess married Joko Seger, who came from a Brahman caste because of an unfortunate situation the couple was forced to leave the kingdom. They settled down in the mountain area. They ruled the area and named it “Tengger”, which was derived from the couple’s nam: Roro Anteng and Joko Seger.
After several years the region flourished in prosperity, but roro Anteng and Joko Seger were un happy because they did not have a child. Frustated, they climbed the top of teh mountain and prayed night and day hoping the gods would listen. The prayer was heard and Betoro Bromo promised them many children. However, the couple had to promise that they would sacrifice their youngest child in return.
Roro Anteng gave birth to a child, then another, and another. In the end Roro Anteng and Joko Seger got 25 children. Soon it was time for them to sacrifice the youngest child, Kesuma, but the parent jus couldn’t do it. They tried to hide the child, but an eruption happened and Kesuma fell into the crater. There was silence before they heard the voice: “I have to be sacrificed so that you will all stay alive. From now on, you should arrange an annual oppression ceremony on 14th of Kesodo.” (the twelfth month of tengerese calender) it was Kesuma’s voice.
Kesuma’s brother and sisters held the offering ceremony every year. Instead of a human being, these people collected fruit, vegetable, rice and meat to be offered to the gods. And this has been done generation after generation until today.