Madura, also spelled Madoera, is an island located off of East Java in Indonesia. The most ethnic and main language in Madura is the Madurese people who speak the Madurese language. A majority of the Madurese people embrace Islam as their religion. Madura is beautiful island. It has not been touched by many tourists. Have you heard of Batik Madura? Well that is from the island of Madura. Madura is also known with its kind foods and tradition. In fact sate (meat on a stick – usually chicken or beef) has its roots from Madura. Here are other interesting things about Madura:
– Center industry of Batik Madura located in Tanjung Bumi, Bangkalan
– Sembilangan Beach, in this beach you will find an heritage tower from Netherlands
– Kolla Langgundih, a ground water resource which is tasteless comes from the area around the sea. The water will never dry even during the peak autumn weather.
– Suramadu Bridge, a national monument which connected Madura Island and Java Island and also the main entrance get into Madura Island.
If you look at Madura’s map, you will find that the island’s shape is like a bull’s body. Divided by 4 districts; Bangkalan, Sampang, Pamekasan, and Sumenep. Now let’s chat more about the most popular tradition in Madura, Karapan Sapi (in Bahasa Indonesian), translated as Bull Racing. In the 13th century, there was a prince named Katandur who came from Sumenep. He wanted to use the power of the bulls to manufacture the land before it can be used as a rice field. As the result, the barren land would become fertile through the use of the power bulls. And at the harvest time, the Katandur prince saw the rice field that has been harvested from the power of the bulls, and he had an idea to hold bull race tournaments to bring respect to the bulls.
Karapan sapi is held every year after the harvest time from generation to generation, and usually held in August until September in Pamekasan city, Madura. Karapan Sapi is the most preferred tradition by the people of Madura. About 1000 – 1500 people come to see this tournament. In this tournament, not all types of bulls may be used. Madurese only use a bull that has a big body, is strong, and has a long tail. This bull is commonly called, Sapi Kerup. A few weeks before the tournaments is held, the bull must be trained about two or three times a week. To make a bull stronger, the bull owners provide herbs, such as herbal drinks and eggs, to the bull about a week before the tournament. The owner spent a lot of money to prepare the bull, which is about IDR 4.000.000 (roughly USD400. The race track is 100-200 meters. The length of time per race runs from ten seconds to one minute. The winner of this tournament will be awarded the President Cup. Plus if they sell this prized bull, the sale price will increase to 5-fold.
Usually before the tournament begins, each team decorates their bull with interesting knickknacks and striking colors. Then the bulls are paraded around the tournament area with the accompaniment of traditional music called Seronen. The bull racing tradition is a major attraction for international tourists and local travelers to come to Madura.
Bull races are just one of the attractions of visiting the island of Madura. I can personally say that because I lived on that island as a kid for seven years in the city of Pamekasan. I have witnessed the bull races and yes, they are amazing to watch!
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