Ciptagelar customary village, venerating rice as source of life

Leuit (rice barn) used by the residents to store rice harvest. (IO/Umamah)

Sukabumi, IO – Calm and peaceful, that’s what felt when visiting the Ciptagelar customary village in Sinaresmi village, Cisolok district, Sukabumi, West Java. The village still maintains its traditions even though it is increasingly “squeezed” by modern and fast-paced life.

Although it is still relatively close to Jakarta, it took a bit of a struggle to reach the village in the southern valley of Mount Halimun Salak National Park.

From Jakarta, it takes at least 7-8 hours. The roads are not always smooth. When entering the Sinaresmi customary village (1.5 hours before arriving at Ciptagelar), the contour of the land is very steep.

Not only that, on the hilly and winding route, there are still many rocky roads. The access is quite extreme because on the right and left sides there are deep ravines, so anyone who passes through must be extra careful.