Friday, September 11, 2009

Kampung Naga

For a moment it occurred to our mind when hearing the name probably Kampung Naga. It turned out that the original form of the village is very different from the name, and our image of the things that smelled of dragons, because none of the dragons who are there. Kampung Naga is a small village, whose residents would obey and maintain the existing traditions, make this village unique and different from the others. Nothing wrong with this village became one of the nation's cultural heritage which should be preserved Indonesia.

"We all, people here hold that the regulations set by our ancestors," said Mr. Atang one guide who accompanied the group to Kampung Naga. Although the Indonesian language that is not so well, sir Atang enthusiastic and warm enough to give the answers of the questions asked the participant group. Mr. Atang, is one of the residents of Kampung Naga villages to get out of it, since married someone from outside the village of Naga population. That's one of the existing rules in the village, even when the marriage between the young people of this village could be a couple to get out of Kampung Naga is if there is a place to stay (home). The house in Kampung Naga numbers are always maintained, that is no less and more than 118 buildings. of these 118 buildings, many buildings are 108 houses, the rest is building a mosque, meeting rooms and a grand house (big house) which should not be occupied by anyone.

Kampung Naga inhabitants profess Islam, which combined with the local cultural heritage of the old ancestors. The total population of about 325 people, mostly farm and breed fish. Agricultural crops are usually planted rice, corn, vegetables and pharmacy alive. Land in this village was classified as very fertile, because of the sloping soil texture, and is limited by the river, and flanked by a hill - a fairly steep hill. Because the mountain is located in the area, weather conditions also helped the farmers in this village, all the plants are grown can flourish. Behind the houses, there are fish ponds, containing fish, catfish, goldfish and carp, which at all times ready to be harvested and provide decent incomes for the population.

The uniqueness of the houses in Kampung Naga is all roofed roofed, and faced the Qiblah. Located in a row from the top down, so from a distance looks black and white and stacked like a plant fungus that thrives. Fertility and peace was palpable when we started down the stairs to the village. A total of 360 steps to go through to get to Kampung Naga, the derivatives were sharp enough, so when the rain falls as we have been careful about not going to slip and fall into the chasms that there underneath. When he descended the stairs, as far as the eye can see is the fields siring a verdant terrace, river crossing and circular clear below, was peaceful. Occasionally it sounds splashing water, punctuated by a piercing wind heart, seems to invite us to reflect and return to the past. As passed by the local population, they also always smile to the guests and say hello. It seems there is no sense of their objections to be visited, but as guests we should always maintain courtesy and obey regulations.

Not allowed to say carelessly, break branches, or disturb the animals surrounding the local wisdom that must be obeyed by the visitors. As Mr. Atang, "Across the river is forest restrictions, any person may not take much less tree felling trees, may be subject to traditional sanctions,". The logic is that if the trees are cut down a very dangerous course, the possibility of landslides and floods due to the sloping soil texture, can also occur in the life chain termination region. From the other side of this village, which serves as the border region is the existence of two small waterfalls on the hill, which serves as the irrigation during the dry season, and prevent erosion directly from the hills that were on it. Another story from the magic waterfall is, we are not allowed to bathe in the waterfall when the time before maghrib, must be possessed, may believe it or not.

When there are guests arrived, some adults and elderly residents out of the house and saw the group, most of them do not speak Indonesian. From the information Mr. Atang, guide us, they asked Mr. Atang, "welcome and asked a group of berasaal where," in the language sunda. That evening when our party arrived, many of the residents who were weaving handicrafts. Results crafts these villagers, has been sold to various cities in Indonesia, even abroad, because every day there are only foreign tourists who visit here. More fun again, the visitors are also allowed to stay in the village to go explore the village of Naga society. We will be invited back to the past life, a totally original. Imagine, electricity can not enter this place, because it feared would happen a short circuit and could cause a fire. If night life is only the kerosene lamp, so the night life was really quiet and dimmed, was at peace in the heart.

Unfortunately, amid tight customary rules, it allowed residents to have a tv with optimum power batteries. This is of course contradictory, and very dangerous, because the communication media tv can actually undermine local wisdom of local residents. In addition, the entrance to Kampung Naga, also was contaminated with cultures from outside the less good. Proved when the group finished a visit, then our parking place to stop and rest at the shop around the car park. It turned out that the shop owner, entertaining the visitors with disco and rock songs west, seemed a bit strange indeed. Because not far away is the set of residents in maintaining strict rules Ancestors, and the last shelter entrance and exit of our population will Kampung Naga served a variety of matters related to globalization. Very easy access to Kampung Naga, because it was the edge of the main highway between Garut and Tasikmalaya also become another threat to the uniqueness and the preservation of this traditional village. For the local communities, local governments and all stakeholders must maintain a rich culture of this nation Indonesia.

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