Getting to know Nampaling Tradition, Catching Grasshoppers Before Harvest in Pangandaran

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Of the many cultural heritages in Pangandaran, look still exist as local wisdom since 4 centuries ago. Nampaling is a procession of catching pests in the rice fields after the rice harvest season.

Currently, naming is still often done by residents in Cikalong Village, Sidamulih District, Pangandaran Regency.

Head of Cikalong Village, Ruspandi, said that nampaling is an activity to catch grasshoppers or local people call it simeut. The activity of catching grasshoppers is carried out every time the rice harvest season comes. At that time locusts were very abundant.

« Nampaling has been around since the 1600s, in the past it was only for pest control, but now a cultural festival is made to make it look festive, » he told detikJabar, Monday (3/10/2022).

Pangandaran Regent Jeje Wiradinata and Pangandaran Deputy Regent Ujang Endin Indrawan held Nampaling activities Photo: Aldi Nur Fadilah/detikJabar

He said the Nampaling Festival in the Cikalong Village Cultural event was an effort to preserve the traditions that became the ancestral heritage of Cikalong Village residents. The Nampaling Festival is held at the end of the harvest season, which usually occurs in September-October.

While the word nampaling is taken from the tool used to catch grasshoppers made of bamboo. « After the grasshopper is caught, it is put into a container called a toler (Kembu), » he said.

According to him rather than pests should be killed and died in vain. So the local people process the grasshoppers into delicious culinary delights.

« Grasshoppers can be processed into stir-fried simeut, it tastes good and is safe for consumption, » he said.

In the nampaling festival, simeut preparations are served with traditional foods such as tumpeng, awug, candil and so on. In addition to the Nampaling procession, local residents use grasshoppers for general sale.

« Behind this event there are residents who are helped from the economic side. Because 1 kg of simet is valued at Rp. 20 thousand to Rp. 30 thousand, » he said.

This cultural festival is also enlivened with the art of gondang bubun, eok beluk, and other artistic performances.

This article has appeared on detikJabar.

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