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The Story of Loro Blonyo

by Yovita Siswati on 28/01/09 at 3:30 am

The story behind a couple of Javanese traditional statue.

When I was married, I see a couple of statue in the form of Javanese bridegroom placed in the reception room. I was so fascinating with the beauty of them and fall in love with them instantly. Later, I knew that the statue was called “Loro Blonyo”. This fascination leads me to study deeper into the tradition behind it.

The statue is a symbol of the God and Goddess of fertility in Javanese culture: Devi (Goddess) Cri and God Sadono. Java is an island, part of the Indonesian archipelago whose society is very rich with customs and traditions.

Loro Blonyo is the Javanese words of “two become one”. Devi Cri and God Sadono are very much worshipped by Javanese rural community especially by the farmer. Traditional Javanese farmer feel very much attached to Devi Cri, as they called her “mother Cri”. The farmer believes that their crop is the gift of kindness from the Devi.

Traditional Loro Blonyo Statue

Detail of traditional Loro Blonyo hairdo called ‘Paes Ageng” (photograph is private collection of the writer)

Prerogative of the Hindu Javanese aristocracy, in the past there was always a room in traditional houses of royal family which was specially made for worshiping Devi Cri, it is called pasren or petanen, stand for the words pa-sri-an and pa-tani-an which means the place of the Devi and the storage of the agricultural products. The room must be equipped with certain furniture and ornament arranged in certain order. There must be a set of wooden bed fully ornamented with crafty design, which is located in the centre of the room. Other stuffs placed before the bed are a couple or the Javanese bridegroom Loro Blonyo, one set of jar, one set of rice paddy and crops containers and robyong lamp which always flames up.

For traditional Javanese society, this requirement is quite expensive. Therefore only rich farmer can keep Loro Blonyo statue in their house. The richer the farmer, the grandeur will the statue, the ornament and the furniture in the room be. In fact, the statue eventually becomes a sort of a wealth symbol for its owner.

By keeping the statue in their home, the farmers believe that it will bring them good luck in their farming activity. They store their crops one night in pasren before it’s taken to the ceremony next day. They also belive that the Devi will bless them with many children. In a wedding, the bride and groom meeting ceremony was held before the pasren, so that the Dev will bless their life and turn their life into the ones of Dewi Ratih and Dewa Kamajaya, The God of Love.

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Bick Parker

Jan 28th, 2009

Very informative. I know a little bit more now about another culture.

Majic

Jan 28th, 2009

Very interesting. I never read about this before. Thanks for sharing

Mythili Kannan

Jan 28th, 2009

Love to visit Java once :)

Sharona

Jan 28th, 2009

Very interesting article! Great research.

nutuba

Jan 28th, 2009

Interesting, informative, and entertaining. Great job!

Betty Carew

Jan 28th, 2009

Great article Yovita I didn’t know about this thank you

Darla Smith

Jan 28th, 2009

Very interesting article.

Glynis Smy

Jan 28th, 2009

I learned something new, thanks very interesting!

LG

Jan 28th, 2009

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QuinMonty86

Jan 28th, 2009

I love reading about other cultures and beliefs. Thanks for sharing this.

Jenny Heart

Jan 28th, 2009

Thanks for sharing your knowledge on this subject. I’m more aware!

rutherfranc

Jan 28th, 2009

thanks for the additional knowledge Yovi

nobert soloria bermosa

Jan 28th, 2009

it’s always nice to learn about others culture and traditions,thanks

Joni Keith

Jan 28th, 2009

What a beautiful tradition. Loro Blonyo…”two become one” What a beautiful sentiment. I think it’s sad when the traditions of a culture loose their meanings and importance over the ages. This was a beautiful tradition. Thank you for sharing.

Denise Kawaii

Jan 28th, 2009

This was very interesting. I had also never heard of this traditional statue. Thanks for educating all of us!

denus

Jan 29th, 2009

very interesting and informative, cheers.

PR Mace

Jan 29th, 2009

Very interesting. Great job.

Blue Buttefly

Jan 29th, 2009

Very interesting and entertaining!

Inna Tysoe

Jan 29th, 2009

Thank you. I had read Geertz’ The Religion of Java .. oh aeons ago.. and always meant to follow up with more books on the Javanese culture and people but somehow never got round to it. Thank you!

Inna

Likha

Jan 29th, 2009

Maybe I would prefer the traditional statue. It has the traditional Indonesian culture preserved in it. Thanks for sharing with us a piece of your country’s culture.

Joe Dorish

Jan 29th, 2009

Interesting article!

Ki Ageng

Jan 29th, 2009

We had a couple of Loro Blonyo. Very elegant statues of beautiful Dewi SRI and Sri Sadono. We did not understand what this couple symblolize at first. They are very quite and peaceful in my guest room. Very nice article

papaleng

Jan 29th, 2009

its nice to know some culture from our neighbor Asian country.

GrannaSue

Jan 29th, 2009

This world is full of so many different types of people
it is nice to read about cultures so different from ours.
Thanks for sharing!

Ruby Hawk

Jan 29th, 2009

What an interesting subject. I enjoy reading about different cultures.

Lee Altman

Jan 29th, 2009

Great work. It is nice to read about other cultures

SundarRajkumar

Jan 30th, 2009

really good. the pictures are very attractive…

BC Doan

Jan 30th, 2009

This is new to me, and I love learning about it! Great article!

Lorenzo A. Fernandez Jr.

Jan 30th, 2009

very Asian, and very informative!

S A JOHNSON

Jan 31st, 2009

Great article!

eddiego65

Jan 31st, 2009

Fascinating article. I learned something new. Thanks!

Vikram Chhabra

Feb 11th, 2009

Very interesting article. Being from India I sort of identified with it as it has an overlap of culture. Please continue posting such informative articles!!!

egypt33

Feb 20th, 2009

You’ve done a great job! I like to read about amazing cultures and beliefs!

gregz koswari

Nov 30th, 2009

i have it….and willing to collect it more… as traditional javanese culture of mine

amalia

Jan 10th, 2010

hmm.. I’ll make it be my wedding souvenir ;)

J.Methuselah

Feb 10th, 2010

Very nice article and very informative. Thank you

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