Kampung Naga: Traditional Village in the Middle of Modernization
If you are tired of life in a metropolitan city with its sky scrapers, you should take a few days off to stay in the Kampung Naga (Dragon Village) within Neglasari village, Salawu sub-district, Tasikmalaya, West Java.
This 1.5 hectares village is still ‘green’ and not influenced by modernization. Some 311 people live in this village. You will have to take several hundred steps to cover the villages over 500 meters. You will see hundreds of high ebony trees, large green paddy fields and the long Ciwulang river. In addition, you will feel the cool air and sounds of river waterflows in the distance.
Kampung Naga inhabited by a group of very powerful people in holding the ancestral traditions of his heritage. This will be obvious differences when compared with other communities outside the village of Naga. Kampung Naga community living on an order which conditioned in an atmosphere of simplicity and the environment inherent traditional wisdom.
Administratively Kampung Naga village including the village of Dage Legok Neglasari Sub Salawu Tasikmalaya regency
Mileage from Tasikmalaya town to Kampung Naga approximately 30 kilometers, while from Garut city 26 kilometers away.
To get to Kampung Naga from the road to Garut, Tasikmalaya down the steps that have been walled (Sunda sengked) up to the river bank slope Ciwulan with approximately 45 degrees with a distance of approximately 500 meters. Then, through a path along the river to Ciwulan in Kampung Naga. According to data from the Village Neglasari, land surface form in Kampung Naga hills of soil productivity can be said fertile.
Kampung Naga area of land that is an area of one hectare and a half, mostly used for housing, yards, ponds, and the rest is used for agriculture fields harvested twice a year.
The appeal of Kampung Naga tourist attraction lies in the unique life of the communities located in the village of Naga. Their lives can blend in with modern society, the Islamic religion, but still maintain strong traditional customs of their ancestors. Like many traditional ceremonies, such as the ceremony Mulud months, or by conducting pedaran Alif (Ancestor History readings). The process begins with a bath in the River Tourist Ciwulan and tourist may follow the event, subject to obey the rules there.
Form of buildings in Kampung Naga as good as home, mosque, patemon (community hall) and rice. The roof is made of sago palm leaves, coconut leaves, or injuk As with bumbungan cover. Wall of the house and other buildings, made of woven bamboo (booth). Meanwhile, the building doors are made of rattan fiber and all the buildings facing North or South. Also a pile of rocks neatly arranged with the layout and natural materials typical of the architecture and ornaments because of the Dragon Village.
Social Life in Kampung Naga (Dragon Village)
Sightseeing is one of the cultural attractions in Tasikmlaya Travelers usually have special interests want to know and prove significantly tesebut state. Development of Kampung Naga tourist attraction including the development within the short term.
History / origin of Kampung Naga, according to one version begins at the time of his status as guardian Sheikh Sharif Hidayatullah or Sunan Gunung Jati, a servant named Singaparana assigned to spread Islam to the West. Then he reached into Neglasari area, which is now a village Neglasari, Sub Salawu, Tasikmalaya regency. In these places, people Singaparana by SembahDalemSingaparana called Kampung Naga. One day he got ilapat or instructions must meditation. In his semedian per Singaparana receive guidance, that he must live in a place that is now called Kampung Naga.
Kampung Naga ancestors who most influence and role for the community to Kampung Naga “SaNaga” Grandmother of Worship Singaparana or Singaparana Dalem called again with Galunggung Grandmother, in her tomb in the west of Kampung Naga. This tomb is considered by society as Kampung Naga shrine is always on pilgrimage during ceremonies held for all his descendants.
But when Singaparana Grandmother died, not the data obtained will, not even one citizen who knows it Kampung Naga. According to their inherited beliefs were hereditary, ancestral village of Naga people had not died but disappeared without leaving the body. And that’s where Kampung Naga people regard it as the grave, by giving a sign or clue to the descendants of Kampung Naga Society.
There are some names of the ancestors of Kampung Naga society is respected like: Prince Kudratullah, at his tomb in Garut regency Gadog, a highly regarded master of Islamic knowledge. Nu RadenKagok Katalayah Seda Lencing The Sakti, at his tomb in Taraju, Tasikmalaya regency which controls the immune knowledge “kewedukan”. Queen InengKudratullah or called MudikBataraKarang Grandmother, in her tomb in KARANGNUNGGAL, Tasikmalaya District, mastering the science of physical force “kabedasan”. Prince Mangkubawang, at his tomb in Mataram Yogyakarta master science skills that are mundane or wealth. Gunungjati Sunan Kalijaga, at his tomb in Cirebon master science of agriculture.