votive offerings; kedue hubi beni

Kedue hubi beni. Hubi beni = female blossom of the lontar palm tree. Kedue are different types of offerings related to ceremonies for the growth of the lontar palm tree, for the flow of the sap, for the safety of the man climbing the tree. Made by three women in Guri Mone Haru. Guri Mone Haru translates as the eight dead men, a reminder of the warfare between Seba and Mesara. The terminology and the cermonies mentioned below relate to the domain of Mesara only. Other domains may or may not have the same terminology. Offerings (kedue) made of plaited lontar palm leaf and used for various ceremonies related to the lontar palm economy, i.e. the growth of the tree, the blossoms, the flow of the sap, the lontar baskets used to carry the sap, and the hearth (rao) for cooking it into a syrup. Savunese translate 'kedue' as 'ketupat' in Bahasa Indonesia, which is a rhombus-shaped packet made of lontar palm leaf filled with rice. In Savu, kedue is a small packet or container made of lontar palm leaf and usually filled with indigenous plants like sorghum (terae) or mung beans (kebiu) [kacang hijau, Bah. Ind.] and sometimes with rice too.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk