Blitar’s Coffee Harvest Ritual

From thejakartapost.com

A group of people walked along a track between Mount Kawi and Mount Kelud in East Java on a Saturday morning in late June. Dressed in traditional Javanese costumes with community and religious figures in the lead, they were heading to punden (graves of ancestors) believed to be the abode of protective holy spirits.

There, they offered prayers and gifts as a plea for a smooth and abundant coffee harvest, a ritual to be followed by a coffee-picking procession at Sengon and Kawi Sari plantations in Wlingi district, Blitar regency.

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