Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sacriface of Raden Kusuma

Sacriface of Raden Kusuma story

There was a couple who lived on the foot of Mount Bromo, Roro Anteng and Joko Seger. After eight years of marriage, they had not had any children. For six years they prayed, pleaded with God to give them children. Finally, their prayer was complied on one condition: they would have to  sacrifice their youngest son to the Bromo crater.
After some time, Roro Anteng gave birth to a child. And it happened every year until they had 25 children. They lived happily and ignored the agreement. The Mount Bromo erupted signaling that the Gods asked the couple to fulfill their promise. But, they didn’t want to let their youngest son, Raden Kusuma, be sacrificed to the crater.
Raden Kusuma learned about the deal his parents had made. Meanwhile, the lava from the crater had made the people living near the mountain suffered. Raden Kusuma was a kind and noble man. He did not want his siblings and the people suffered because of him. Therefore, he went to Mount Bromo and sacrificed himself to the carater. The eruption suddenly stopped.
Since that day, every Kasodo 14th in the Tenggerese calendar, the Tengger people (descendant of Roro Anteng and Joko Seger) give offerings to the crater, as raden Kusuma had asked before the sacrifice.

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