Crocodile Bread,Betawi typical bread which becomes a symbol of loyalty, Jakarta
Roti Buaya (Crocodile bread) is a dish of the people of Jakarta (Betawi Tribe), a crocodile shaped sweet bread. Crocodile bread is always present in traditional Betawi traditional wedding ceremonies.
Betawi people believe that crocodiles only marry once with their partners, so this bread is believed to symbolize loyalty in marriage. At the time of marriage, bread is placed next to the bride and the guests who come, the condition of this bread symbolizes the character and nature of a bridegroom. Crocodiles are traditionally considered to be patient (in waiting for prey). Besides loyalty, crocodile also symbolizes establishment.
But now in the symbolism of modern culture, the meaning of crocodiles turns into bad things, for example gambling crocodiles, drinking crocodiles (drunkards) and land crocodiles (playboys).
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