Kajang Tribe : The Black Konjos in South Sulawesi of Indonesia

Kajang Tribe/Suku Kajang is one of the tribes who lived in the interior of Makassar, South Sulawesi. From generation to generation, they live in District Kajang, Bulukumba. For them, the area was regarded as a heritage land and they call it, Tana Toa.

In Tana Toa, the tribe is divided into two groups Kajang, Kajang Kajang In and Out. Tribe Kajang Outer alive and living in seven villages in Bulukumba. While the tribe Kajang In live only in the hamlet of Castle. In this fortress village, community Kajang In and Out are still carrying out all activities related to customs.

Although the tribe Kajang divided into two groups, no differences between them. From the past until now, they always hold fast to the teachings of the ancestors.
Based on the teachings of the ancestors, Kajang Ethnic communities should always maintain a balance of living with nature and the ancestors.

Indigenous Tribe  Kajang, Mansour Embas said that, the public interest in Tana Toa Kajang always live in simplicity. Inside each home residents Kajang, none of the household furniture. There is no chair or mattress. They also do not use any electronic equipment, such asradio and television. They assume, of modernity to keep the tribe Kajang with nature and the ancestors.

“In no seats. No mattress. Nothing we can kemoderan clay. No symbol electronic nature and all that stuff. No electronics, such as radio and television. This is why? Order to maintain the environment with the natural environment for stay in touch. interwoven relationship with Paar ancestral inner communication, its predecessor. The most important relationship with God. “

For the people of Kajang, modernity is also considered as an effect that may deviate from rules of customary and ancestral teachings. They are not easy to accept cultures from other regions. Mansyur Embas, Kajang Interest traditional leaders told first, in Tana Toa no single place of formal education. None tribal Kajang who want to study formally. However, in line with the thinking citizens of Interest Kajang more advanced, everything has changed little by little. Why is that? let’s hear the narrative of traditional leaders Tribe Kajang, Mansour Embas.

“This is because they considered it taboo to have sex with the outside world for indigenous women living in the region Amatoa it. Perhaps there is some element of negative influences. Exit, oversight has been lacking. Control of the family is rare. Third, perhaps because they influence the same association once at the beginning of his life had never seen such ordinances, they could fall. This is what they watch. But, if now it’s been a little bit open. In the existing upper secondary school level. They have started to open because of it. It means openness This was aware they also have realized the backwardness of education. In fact, already exist in that native women had become Polwan. “

Kajang Interest Simplicity also you can see from the form of home Kajan. In Tana Toa, all homes built from the same material. Building homes made of wood. While the roof is made of fibers. Not only the material, shape is the same house. That said, this concept does not only show simplicity. They also regard it as a symbol of uniformity. They believe, if there is uniformity there would be no jealousy among the people Spare Kajang.

Although it is now open to the public Kajang little cultural influence from outside, customary law and the teachings of their ancestors still hold dear. Any newcomers who want to visit Tana Toa still must comply with all applicable customary rule. To get into the Tana Toa, you must not use modern transportation. In the area of Tana Toa, you are required to walk. As an alternative, you may only ride a horse to circle the Tana Toa.

Uniformity and simplicity not only visible from a house. Every day, Kajang tribes also wear the same color. They always wore dark colored clothing. For them, the black symbolizes the simplicity and similarity among communities Kajang. Kajang community, the black color is also used as a symbol for the world they will always remember the end or death. To face death, every society must prepare Kajang as possible since they were born. They must always do good, protect nature, obedient to the commands of God the Almighty One God and the teachings of their ancestors.

In making a home, Kajang community must comply with certain customary rules and regulations. One of them, they are only allowed to build houses from wood. Houses should not be of brick or soil. For them, the only people who lined the ground died. While home to where people live. If the house of bricks or soil, although the tenants are still living, they will be considered dead by the entire community Kajang.

For the people of Kajang, the teachings of the ancestors have an important meaning. Once the importance, they always run the various activities of life based on ancestral traditions.Customary rules of the Patriarchs was also always tie each of their activities. How to form adherence to customary law Kajang Interest in Tana Toa? Follow the rest of the story in voice only Indonesia in Jakarta in Indonesia Enchantment event tomorrow.

Source: http://mannaismayaadventure.wordpress.com

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