Friday, June 19, 2009

Traditional Sundanese Instruments

Here is a man playing the traditional Sundanese"sitar" called Kecapi. Other even older traditional Sundanese instruments include, Anklung, karindin, cilempung and flute (all made of bamboo). All of these, and other instruments as well, will be played at the Mt. Tangkuban Parahu ceremony.

Words from the Bandung hosts

Eling, eling mangka eling /eling kadiri sorangan /eling ka diri nu lian/urang jeung Alam taya antara 3x /mun aya antarana urang rek cicing dimana?iyeuh... /Pun, Hirup ti pamedalan nepi Pangbalikan /neda ampun nya parapun/neda jembar pangampura /hampura sapapanjangna Ahuuuuuung…

Conscious, conscious until truly conscious /conscious of self/conscious of self in other /between ourselves and nature there is no distance3x /supposing there was such a distance where would we then be? huh… / here I am, from birth until I return /please forgive with all forgiveness /please let this forgiveness be greater still Ahuuuuuuung (great spirit). Traditional Sundanese song

The prayers at Mt. Tangkuban Parahu intend to clarify or share the understanding that everywhere on this planet, nature has given a place and a responsibility to each life which has been chosen to live in that environment. The existence of these lives does not truly change in anyway because the ways of each particular place have been shaped over tens of thousands of years.

Therefore every place has its caretakers its indigenous people, its first nations. This is why the light of all first nations must radiate (or shine). A good way, for those carrying the torch of the ancestors’ legacy to meet, is in the form of a spiritual gathering. One such meeting is to take place by gathering together to perform a ritual in the natural ship of Tangkuban Parahu (upturned ship-as in stored ship). This is one of many mountains which remains from Purwakancana (prehistoric Sunda mountain).

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Enjoying "Tarawangsa" -one of many traditional Sundanese musical forms

.....Wileujeng Sumping ...(Welcome)
The man in the satin shirt is over a hundred years old.