Ritual of Stepping Foot on Earth
Tedak means to step foot; Siten from Siti means soil, earth, Tedak Siten means to step foot on earth. This ritual depicts someone readiness to face a successful life in the future, with the Godís blessings, with the guidance from the parent, since her/his childhood.
This traditional ceremony is performed, when a child, a girl or a boy is at the age of 7 selapan : 245 days, Selapan is 35 days. A wetonan /birthday occurs every 35 days. Except the 7 days week, there are 5 Pasaran (Market) days i.e. Kliwon, Legi, Pahing, Pon, Wage. Consequently there is 5 kind of Sunday, for instance Sunday Kliwon, Sunday Legi etc, the same with the other days.
From Sunday Legi to Sunday Legi again is 35 days. Thatís named Weton in Javanese. For a Javanese to know his/her weton day is important.
Usually, the happy occasion should be organized in the morning, in the front yard of the house. Except the parents and the family, some elderly people also present to give blessing to the child. The necessary sajen/offering may not be forgotten. It is symbolizing a request and pray to God the Almighty in order to receive blessing and protection from HIM, to receive blessings from the ancestors, to combat evil deed from human and bad spirit. The ritual ceremony can be held in good order and safety.
After all preparation has been done, the family (the parent, the kid, the relatives) and invitees gather in the place of ceremony. The steps of the ritual should be as follow:
The ritual has been performed safely, everybody is happy. Hopefully the goal of the ritual is achieved, with Godís permission and the blessing of the elderly family and invitees.
Joglosemar Online is grateful to Mangkunagaran Palace for the photos, showing the ritual Tedak Siten of G.R.M. Bhre Cakrahutomo Wirasudjiwo, the son of His Highness Ė K.G.P.A.A. Mangkoenagoro IX with his wife, K.B.R.AY.A. Mangkoenagoro IX.
(Suryo S. Negoro)
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