Functions and Types of West Java Kujang Conventional Weapons : RsudSuka

The Variety of Traditional West Javanese Weapons Is Unique and Needs to Be Protected

Recognizing the various traditional weapons of West Java is a form of love for the homeland and the State. As the new generation of the nation, the young men and women of the nation can know the various homeland cultures for better protection.

So, the cultural heritage will not be lost to future generations later. In reality, Indonesia is indeed a culturally rich country. Not only traditional weapons, but also  many folk songs, traditional clothes,  have been preserved in traditional houses and so far for the good of the nation.

 5 Conventional Weapons of West Java

The State of West Java, which is part of Java Island, has a variety of uniqueness that is truly fascinating. From time to time you can find a variety of  unique old-fashioned equipment  that will surprise you.  In the past, these weapons were used in the conduct of business activities.

Residents of the State of West Java use it for various purposes as a means to protect themselves from hunting, farming. However, time is constantly evolving. Traditional weapons are no longer used in everyday life. Its existence was later preserved and is now stored in various museums.

Some traditional West Javanese weapons also still belong to the Sundanese people. Here are the varieties that you can recognize until the modern era.

  1. Bedog

The Bedog is a knife-like weapon. The size of this thing seems quite large. Most residents on the island of Java should be familiar with Bedog. It reaches a size of 40 cm and is made of steel and iron. Steel and iron are then leveled and piped with forging.

  1. Crab

Among the people of West Java Province  , the traditional weapon of West Java is  called ani-ani. This is  an  object endowed with filthy eyes on one  side and hand-held wood on the other. This tool is used to harvest vegetables starting from kangun g. This equipment is also used  for rice harvesting.

  1. Congkrang

This weapon, at first glance, resembles an anchor. The size is easier to grasp by hand. Often, this tool is used in the fields up to agriculture. Congkrang is more commonly used by women. By the way, males use anchors more often.

  1. Sülimat

The Province of West Java is really rich in weapon diversity. Sulimate is an object used to peel the coconut from the skin. The blade is sharp and sharp, so it can be used to peel off such a hard scalp.

  1. Gold

The presence of this thing can be quite popular in various regions. This thing is used in the conduct of daily activities. The blade is sharply curved, and its shape is crescent-like. Its presence is used for pruning bushes and grasses.

Functions and Types of West Java Kujang Conventional Weapons

By now,   you should know various past equipment from various regions, including West Java Province. Namun actually, what are its benefits? There are several benefits that can be used.

One  of the traditional weapons of West Java is the Kujang. You should be familiar with this one thing. As it turned out, the species is quite diverse. Each type has a different function. Here are some functions and types.

The Kujang  became a typical Sundan-type vehicle. The Sundanese people even thought that the objects contained magic and sacred  .  That is why they refer  to it  as Hyang or Kudi, an Ancient language.

They think Kudi or Hyanghave supernatural powers. In the ancient Sundanese language, Hyang is interpreted as a God. Therefore, Kujang is thought to have had power from which power came from the gods.

Their size varies. Some of them are 20 cm, some are 25 cm. This thing is used by men. They conduct research from historians to researchers. The results are incredible. They say that the weapon was used in the 8th century.  Until now,  the traditional West Javanese weapon has severalfunctions:

  1. Farm tools

Some Sundan people use Kujang for farming.  They also use weeds for spreading for pruning.

  1. Symbol

Kujang’s weapon is also used not necessarily in the conduct of various activities, but as a symbol.

  1. Keepsake

This weapon is also used as protection against weapons when conducting war.

  1. Badge

So far, many people in West Java Province have weapons of the past to display in their homes.

How to Use Traditional West Java Weapons in Baliung

Besides the Kujang, the Baliung is one of Sunda’s past equipment  that is still preserved today. The shape of the object is like an axe, but it already looks a little more modern. Its function is almost like an axe in general, which is to cut down trees of large size.

So, this equipment is not just history as traditional equipment. The Sundanese people still maintain and even use it until they enter modern times as they do now. The people who often use it are those who work in forestry.

This thing has a rather unique shape. If measured up to the stalk, its size reaches 35 cm. If you look at it, at first glance the handle of this thing looks quite thick. If it is lifted quite heavily. In this way, the cutting power it will produce is absolutely very high.

You can find the edge of the bale with a sharp and thick surface. Then it  is ensured that the long and thick part can give scratches to the bark of the tree to be cut. Even hard-bark trees can be drawn using Baliung.

Bandung Museum West Java Traditional Weapons Collection

In various parts of the country, traditional kitchen utensils used since ancient times have indeed continued to be preserved. They are placed inside the museum so that the current generation can  still  use  and study them.

It turns out that many people do not know that the Bandung Museum has a collection of historical objects, including traditional weapons from Sunda. The collection is numerous and amazing. They are properly cared for so that it is very easy for any visitor to see and learn about them.

Exactly in the Sasusuhan World of Pakarang you can see various collections of ancient weapons of war. This museum is located in Arcamanik KOTA Bandung. The museum actually belongs to Gun Gun Gurnadi. In addition to being used as a museum, it was also used as a residence.

On the first floor,  you can find a glass cabinet with a variety of weapons unique to the West Java Province. There are Keris, Kujang and many more. Entering the second floor, you can see various objects displayed in the glass cabinet, on the wall, until they are placed on the table.

You will also  be absolutely surprised when you enter  floor number 3. On the floor, various bedogs, kujang and daggers are on display. The walls on the 3rd floor are almost full of various weapons on display. Even the shelves of the owner were made on the grounds that the walls were not enough to display weapons  .

The younger generation can love the culture and the homeland thanks to it and  preserve the variety of traditional equipment. In fact, you can try to use it when the object is actually sold. Protect  the traditional weapons of West Java  for the betterment  of the nation.

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