Anies Baswedan , The Governor of Jakarta, received keris with dapur Carubuk and tangguh Mataram as a gift from Ki Manteb Sudarsono
Keris is a traditional weapon for Indonesians, mainly in Java and among Malay people. Some Asean countries may have the tradition. Javanese people had an important role in the past. It is a symbol of man.
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The keris is not only a weapon but a symbol of honor for the Javanese. Keris has a philosophy of each form. A keris maker is called an Empu. A great master will make a keris according to the character of the customer. He would perform a ritual of fasting for up to 40 days for a keris for nobles in Java before forging iron and steel for the keris material.
Dapur, Tangguh, Luk and Pamor
For ordinary people, knowing Keris in detail is almost impossible because there are a lot of parts in Keris that have different names and functions. Here, I would like to give the three common names in keris to collectors and ordinary people.
Dapur is the standardization of types of keris. One who masters Keris will know the dapur of Keris from the shape.
There are many names of dapur in keris like Nogo sosro, Nogo siluman, Carubuk, Tilam upih and others.
Tangguh means the time estimation of the creation of keris. Keris that was made in the Majapahit era is called tangguh Majapahit. When keris was made in the Mataram era, it was called tangguh Mataram. The new Keris that was made after Indonesian independence is called "tangguh kamardikan."
Luk is an indentation or curve on the keris blade. The keris has several curves, such as curve 1, curve 3, and up to curve 25.
Pamor is the appearance of the keris on the strokes of the blade. Technically, it occurs because of the material and the forging technique. There are hundreds of pamors. Keris with the meteorite mixture will make a glorious appearance.
Dapur, tangguh, luk, and pamor have their own philosophy. The person who owns the Carubuk Keris with luk 7 is the person who must have sufficient worldly matters. In this case, he no longer has ambitions to accumulate wealth because luk 7 on the blade of the keris means it has seven curves, which in Javanese philosophy 7 means Pitulung or help. Luk 7 means that the owner of the keris must hang Pitulung, or get help from the almighty God. Dapur Carubuk in Keris with 7 luks is suitable for leaders. By having this Keris, a leader will not be tempted by materialism because of his position, so he will guard himself from cheating such as corruption.
There is a belief that the keris has supernatural powers, I do not need to comment. To be sure, the philosophy of the Keris itself, if the owner understands, will bring the owner according to the nature and character that is pinned by the Keris maker or Empu.
This is a short description of Keris. Keris is a work of art that is almost extinct in Java. There are only a few Empus or keris masters left who live in Java.