Javanese Tarapan Ceremony


Sengkeran Ceremony

Jasmine can not leave her room (or the house) for 7 days following her first menstruation. She is sitting on a chair on which a white cloth is lying with some herbs. The hair is tied in a dot (chastity). It is not allowed to wash in the shower during that period. She is accompanied in that period by older women and by people with more life experience who give her valuable advice.

No fat and sugary food may be consumed. She is only allowed to eat white rice and the following side dishes:

  • Abon (dried fried meat)
  • Tempe goreng (fried soy beans)
  • Telur asin (salty eggs)

Hereby an acidic herbal drink (jamu kunir asem) is drunk with turmeric and tamarind. This drink is healthy, good for blood circulation and promotes a good smell.

  • Seven days in seclusion in a separate room.
  • Washing in a bath is not allowed and her hair is tied in a dot.
  • Accompanied by older women who give advice.
  • No sweet food allowed nor any other rich meal.
  • Only rice with simple side dishes.


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