This Is the Ideal Ways to Drink Jamu Gendong

"Jamu gendong consists of eight types of jamu that represent the concept of the eight cardinal directions as well as a symbol of the Surya Majapahit Tri Wilwatikta. The eight jamu consist of turmeric, tamarind, beras rice, cabe puyang, pahitan, kunci suruh, kudu laos, uyup-uyup/gepyokan and sinom."

Published by : administrator  -  10/05/2020 17:04 WIB

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From the time of the kingdoms to the present day, every level of society knows jamu gendong. However, not all of us understand the meaning or philosophy of the jamu gendong, which consists of 8-11 bottles of jamu. The bitter taste of jamu is a stigma that makes people reluctant to consume it. Most people also just want taste jamu, without having the intention to build a habit of consuming it. In fact, consuming jamu makes the body healthy and fit.

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The ideal order of drinking jamu is like the cycle of human life, starting from sweet-sour jamu, slightly spicy-warm, spicy, bitter, tasteless to sweet again.

Kunyit asam has a sour taste which is a symbol of the sweetness of life, starting from being born as a toddler to growing up and begins to taste the real life.

Beras kencur is interpreted as bebering alas tan kena diukur (the vastness of a forest that cannot be measured) or the size of the world cannot be measured. Symbolizes the phase of curiosity and selfishness without thinking about the consequences. The slightly spicy taste illustrates a person which barely begin to feel a little taste of real life.

Cabe puyang has a bitter and spicy taste, symbolizing the events experienced by humans in adult life at the age of 19-21 years and are starting to become unstable in life.

Pahitan symbolizes a life that is not only sweet but also bitter. Even though it is bitter, life still has to be walked through in search of happiness and tranquility.

Kunci suruh symbolizes life will be ramped up as a life resolution. Kunci (finger root) is a food seasoning, while suruh (bettle leaves) have many properties to treat diseases. So, the kunci suruh is symbolized as everything that has been learned since childhood.

Jamu kudu laos  

Kudu Laos symbolizes as a warmer. That is, in life human must be able to be a warmer and nurturing for the people around him.

Uyup-uyup is neutralizing and rehabilitative, to show complete self-devotion and sincere submission of a servant to his Lord.

The last is sinom, which is interpreted as sirep tanpa nampa. In English, it means sleeping/dying without asking for anything. The sweet taste symbolizes that if humans were originally born as pure being, then they return to God in a state of pureness as well.





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