Dragon Village (Kampung Naga) in Tasikmalaya will remind us of the UNESCO Village Shirakawago in Japan. However, Kampung Naga certainly also has its own uniqueness that is characteristic of Indonesia.
If you travel to West Java make sure you have to enter Kampung Naga in your itinerary. Besides being still authentic, Kampung Naga also presents a green and soothing scene, perfect for you who want to take a break for a while. Located in Neglasari Village, Salawu, Tasikmalaya, Kampung Naga is an example of how to maintain ancestral heritage well, Kampung Naga is one of the traditional villages that still preserves the traditions and culture of their ancestors, in this case Sundanese culture, Kampung Naga village is the object of anthropological study of the world. Concerning the life of rural Sundanese people in the transition from Hinduism to the influence of Islam in West Java, like the Baduy tribe in Banten, you will feel the peace of the traditional village located between this valley, they reject modernization, the residents of the Kampung Naga are still living as it is. Access to the Kampung Naga is located between the main roads of Garut and Tasikmalaya, This village is located in a fertile valley, with the boundary area in the west of Kampung Naga bounded by sacred forest, and in the south bounded by people's rice fields, and in the north and east bounded by the Ciwulan river where the water source comes from from Mount Cikuray in Garut.
The first thing you will encounter when you arrive at this Kampung Naga is that you will feel the sensation of going down 450 steps down, after 20 minutes of traveling, then you will arrive at the Kampung Naga, you will clearly see a row of traditional houses that line and surrounded by green valleys, the row of triangular houses is reminiscent of Shirakawago Village in Japan, The shape of the houses of the residents of Kampung Naga is a stilt house, with almost all parts made of bamboo and wood, only the roof is made of palm leaves, palm fiber, or bush. Each house must face north or south to extend east-west. Houses in Kampung Naga are made the same, with a view to avoiding social problems and jealousy related to wealth between the people of Kampung Naga, and on the other side there is a river and a stretch of rice terace that really beautifies this traditional village, very similar to rice terace in Bali.
If you go on a trip with the Java Private Tour, we will invite you to directly meet the traditional leader in the Kampung Naga, while you look and try to make handicrafts made of wood and bamboo, the traditional leader will tell you directly about the history of his village, Java Private Tour always tries to provide an experience that always leaves the heart of each of its clients, and ensures that you get an experience that will never be forgotten, interacting directly with the life of the Kampung Naga community, this is something that can never be done by other tour companies, as I said above, Java Private Tour will invite you to interact directly with the traditional leader of Kampung Naga, because it is not an easy thing to be able to interact with traditional leaders in the dragon village, only certain people who have a special closeness can do that, and one of them is the Java Private Tour.
Kampung Naga always maintains the balance of nature, a lesson that was passed down through generations from their ancestors, in this village they did not receive electricity, and did not use kerosene, there were about 113 houses in Kampung Naga including "Bale" (gazebo) and mosque, the number the population there are around 300 people, and there is no educational facility here, the majority of residents here also work as farmers to craftsmen, they also have six cultural traditions that are still carried out today at certain moments.
In addition to getting to know the culture of the residents in Kampung Naga, you can also buy handicrafts that they sell for cash, you are also allowed to take pictures here, it's just not everything you can document, because there are some restrictions that must be obeyed. The customary law that applies in Kampung Naga is natural law, whereas for Pancasila (the five principles of indonesia) and state law is limited by customary and governmental regulations. Customs in Kampung Naga are implied, unwritten and in the form of words. The principle adopted by the residents of Naga Village is the language of the mandate, will, and effect. If it is mandated, a will is broken there must be consequences. Trust in the mandate is still strong, whatever is inherited by the ancestors must not be violated "Abstinence" is an unwritten legal provision that they uphold and must be obeyed by everyone. During the trip you will always be accompanied by a crew from the Java Private Tour who will educate you about what can be done, and what should not be done while in the dragon village.
Visiting Kampung Naga will teach us about how to live wisely and in harmony with nature, and ancestral traditions, even though there is no electricity or gadgets, but there is a nature that always has everything.
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