HomeBlogs Pesta Bakar Batu / Stone Burnt Party Discussed about Papua it seems had not the end. The pretty exotic
island that located on the end East of Indonesia had the attraction of
extraordinary nature. For example, mentioned the underwater tour
attraction of King Ampat Waters. This region had more than 1.070
species kinds of fish, 600 species kinds of coral reef, and 699 mollusk
kinds. This matter made this region underwater heaven for the divers.
Not only that, the Sentani Lake, Paniai Lake, Jayawijaya Peak, Lorentz
National Pak, all of them kept the attraction that will not be enough
to be translated through words.
Apart from the territory and the tourist attraction that was mentioned
above, still had again the place in Papua that had beauty of nature
that was still natural, where that was the Baliem Valley. Was located
in the height 1,600 on sea level, were framed the jungle and the river
current, as well as was not yet touched by technology, made this region
the place that kept millions stories and the incident. In this place,
Papua countryside ethnic groups knitted the meaning of their daily
life. The countryside ethnic groups were still living in the Honai
House, that was male clothed with Koteka and the woman clothed with
Noken. Behind all that, these countryside ethnic groups kept the
tradition wealth and the typical and unique culture.
Like other ethnic groups in Indonesia, these countryside ethnic
groups also had the unique and typical grateful tradition. One of them
was the Bakar Batu Party. The Bakar Batu Party was a ritual traditional
Papua that was done as the form of the expression of gratitude for the
abundant blessing, the marriage, the great guest reception, but also as
the death ceremony. Moreover, this ceremony was also carried out as
peace proof after the war happening between-ethnic group.
This party was often carried out in the Baliem Valley Region, Wamena
Sub district, Jayawijaya District, Papua, Indonesia. However, the
assurance of the location point was carried out was uncertain. If as
the death ceremony and the marriage, this party will be carried out in
the resident’s house that had party. However, when this ceremony as the
expression of gratitude or the symbol of peace usually is carried out
in the middle of the big field.
In accordance with the name, in cooking and processing food for this
party, ethnic groups in Papua used the method of burning the stone.
Each area and the ethnic group in the Baliem Valley region had the term
personally to reconcile words burnt the stone. The Paniai community
mentioned it with ‘Gapii‘ or ‘Mogo Gapii‘, the Wamena community
mentioned it ‘Kit Oba Isago‘, whereas the Biak community mentioned it
with ‘Barapen‘. However apparently Barapen became the most general term
to use. Bakar Batu Party also was the site to gather for the resident.
In this party will be seen how high is the solidarity and the
community’s Papua togetherness. The other meaning from this party was
as the expression to forgive each other interregional.
Bakar Batu Party procession usually consists of three stages, which
is the preparations stage, burns the pig, and eats together. The
preparations stage was preceded with the search for firewood and the
stone that will be utilized to cook. The stone and firewood were
compiled with the place as follows, in the lowest part was organized
measuring big stones, above was covered with firewood, afterwards was
organized again the rock that his measurement was more small, et cetera
until the highest part was covered with wood. Afterwards this heap was
burnt until wood was completely burnt and the rock became hot. The men
generally do all this.
At the time, respectively the ethnic group handed over the pig. Then
in turns the head of the ethnic group bowed the pig. When the pig died
at once bow, that was the sign that the agenda will be successful.
However when the pig indirectly died, was believed there’s something
wrong with the agenda. If that is the death ceremony, usually several
relatives of the sorrowful family brought the pig as the symbol of the
condolences. If not, they will bring the parcel-contained tobacco,
cigarettes, cooking oil, salt, sugar, coffee, and salted fish. Did not
forget, when expressing condolences each must embrace tight and kissing
In another place, women prepared the foodstuff that will be cooked.
The pig is usually divided from the neck underside to the back leg
groin. The contents of the stomach and the other part that were not
consumed will be issued, while the part that will be cooked was
cleaned. Likewise with vegetables and tubers.
The other men prepared a hole that the size be based on food numbers
that will be cooked. The hole bottom was afterwards covered
indifferently and the bananas leave. By using the special wood clip
that was mentioned Apando, the slag cinders were compiled on the
foliage. After that was afterwards covered again indifferently. On the
tall grass afterwards, pork put into. Afterwards was closed again with
the foliage. On this foliage afterwards was closed again with the stone
glowed, and was covered again with the thick field.
After that, Hipere (sweet potatoes) was compiled above. The
following layer was indifferent that was stockpiled again with the
stone glowed. Afterwards vegetables take the form of Iprika or the
leaves Hipere, Tirubug (the cassava leaves), Kopae (the paw paws
leaves), Naham also (the machete gourd), and Towabug or Hopak (corn)
placed above. Be not enough only tubers, sometimes the cooking will be
increased with the discount Barugum (fruits). Further the hole was
stockpiled again with grass and the stone glowed. Highest was placed
the bananas leaves that were sprinkled the land as a holder, so the hot
from the stone did not yawn.
Approximately 60 have till 90 cooking minutes been ripe. After ripe,
grass will be opened and available food inside began to be issued one
by one, afterwards was explained on the field. After food is spread out
above, there was the person that will take red ripe. That was squeezed
until going out his paste. Paste from red was poured on pork and
vegetables. Salt and the flavor the feeling were also spread on the
Now arrived during him for the resident to eat the serving that was
ripe. All the inhabitants will cluster surrounded this food. The head
of the Ethnic Group will become the first person who accepted the
allocation took the form of sweet potatoes and pork. Further all will
receive the same allocation, the man, the woman, parents, and children.
After that, the inhabitants then began to eat this food. Bakar Batu
Party was the agenda that most waited for by the resident of Papua
countryside ethnic groups. In order to join this party they were
willing to neglect the field and did not work for days. Moreover, they
also were prepared to spend money in the number that was big to finance
The geographical Papua condition that most took the form of the
forest, hills, as well as mountains, caused access to head the location
of the holding was difficult. For tourist who wanted to go to Papua,
could use the transport of sea and air. If arriving in Papua, tourist
could continue the trip used small aircraft that served the flight to
the hinterlands. Moreover And You Too could use the car off-road rented.
Usually, this Bakar Batu Party was carried out in places was
isolated, because of that was difficult to get adequate facilities.
However, at least in the Wamena City, stood some accommodation that
could you rent. For the problem ate tourist might not worry, because in
this city also was gotten many restaurants. For the transport, you
could use small aircraft that served the flight through to far to the
hinterland. Moreover, in the Wamena City also was gotten by the leasing
of the wheel vehicle of four. If you did not have relatives or the
acquaintance who could guide the tourist, tourist could make use of the
available travel agency in the Wamena City.