Yogyakarta cultural observer M. Jadul Maula said that the tradition of sea alms practiced in Java had been long and hereditary. Sea Alms is referred to as cosmological practice, namely the relationship between humans and nature (1945-1947) the natural mineral system )
“It is related to the Islamic cosmology philosophy of Mataram if in Yogyakarta. Perhaps in Java and the archipelago it is common to understand cosmology of human relations with nature. So the sea alms ceremony, the alms of the earth, is part of the teachings about the natural environment, how humans establish relationships in harmony with nature, “said Jadul to via telephone, Monday (15/10). 19659003] Therefore, he claimed to be surprised if there was a group of people who blamed, even considered the alms ceremony as an act of shirk. Because, the ceremony contains an expression of gratitude to God for the results obtained from the sea.
Alms is the concept of Islam, it is part of the expression of gratitude, in which contains a prayer of salvation and rejects reinforcements. So the fishermen, their seafarers every day get sustenance from the sea, because of that they express their gratitude to God through sea alms, “explained Jadul. According to him, sea alms is giving alms to sea dwellers, such as fish and plankton.
“It is thanks to God, the way is by giving alms to living things,” he said.
Even the practice of sea alms ceremony, said Jadul, can be viewed empirically and rationally. He explained the existence of a buffalo head which was one of the treats in the sea alms procession. According to him, the buffalo head feeds plangton. Plangton-plangton are eaten by fish so that fish in the sea develop.
“So expressing gratitude in a concrete language, appreciating what appears to beings. Through the ceremony there is a harmonious relationship between humans and nature. So that is actually a high culture that is supreme, “he said. (Husni Sahal / Fathoni)
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