ACTNews, BLORA – Have you ever heard about the people of Samin? They are the followers of a social movement founded by Surontiko Saminin late 19th and early 20th century. The people of Samin is known for their strong adherence to their values known as Saminism. One of their villages is located in Blora Regency, Central Java. There are areas in Blora that have been homes for the people of Samin for many generations.
Not too far from the center of Blora Regency, in the village of Sambongrejo, Sambong sub-district, there are hundreds of families from Samin people. In fact, this village has been officially designated as a Cultural Heritage area. Global Qurban – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) had a chance to visit this village on the third day after Eid-ul-Adha, Saturday (8/25).
At the first glimpse, there was nothing much different in the village. As we got closer to the Samin people’s gathering hall, things became a bit different.
Houses made of teak wood were sitting in rows, looking new and beautiful. The alleys to the gathering hall were decorated with colorful sedge hats.
We were warmly received by the head of the people on the porch of the gathering hall. The Javanese greetings that he said made the conversation even warmer and more friendly. Shortly afterwards, other members of the people came to help us cut, pack, and distribute the qurbani meat.
“I am Pramugi Prawiro Wijoyo of Belimbing Hamlet, Desa Sambongrejo, Sambong sub-district, Blora. We thank Global Qurban – ACT who has distributed qurbani meat to the members of Sedulur Sikep, Sedulur Samin here,” Wijoyo stated gratefully as the head of Samin People. Sedulur Sikep and Sedulur Samin are the names used to refer to the adherents of Saminism throughout Indonesia.
Before we left, we had a little talk with Wijoyo in Javanese language, accompanied with a cup of warm tea on the terrace. He explained a little about the activities of Samin people in Blora.
The hall located beside Wijoyo’s house functions as the headquarter of Samin people in Blora. Here, the people of Samin throughout Blora regularly hold monthly gathering.
During Eid-ul-Adha this year, we not only delivered qurbani meat, but also learn more about various groups in Indonesia.