Madura is an area located in the province of East Java, Indonesia. This area is the center of salt production in Indonesia. In addition, Madura has interesting and amazing race attractions. The attraction is called Karapan Sapi.
What is Karapan Sapi? Karapan Sapi is a traditional Madurese competition. In this competition, a jockey rides (spurs) two cows.
The jockey is in charge of controlling the running motion of the cow. Later, they will compete quickly on a 100 meter long track. The race can last about ten seconds to one minute and between joli try to spur the cows to run fast to the finish line.
The origin of kerapan cattle was motivated by Madura land which was less fertile for agricultural land, in exchange the Madurese people shifted their livelihoods as fishermen for coastal areas and raised cattle which were also used for farming, especially in plowing fields or fields.
This traditional race has a history in the past. Once upon a time, a Sumenep scholar named Syeh Ahmad Baidawi (Prince Katandur) introduced a method of farming using a pair of bamboos known to the Madurese as “nanggala” or “salaga” which was pulled by two cows.
The initial purpose of holding the Cow Karapan was to obtain quality cows in plowing the fields. The Madurese raise cows and cultivate them in their fields as soon as possible.
This idea then led to the tradition of karapan sapi. Karapan Sapi will soon become a routine activity every year, especially after the harvest season ends. Karapan Sapi is preceded by parading pairs of cows around the racetrack accompanied by saronen music.
The traditional Karapan Sapi competition has rules that are divided into four rounds, namely: in the first round, all cows are pitted against speed in two pairs to separate the winning and losing groups. In this round, all cows that win and lose can compete again according to their groups.
The second round or the re-election round, the pairs of cows in the winning group will be contested again, as is the case with the cows in the losing group, and in this round all pairs from the winning and losing groups may not compete again except for a few pairs of cows that occupy the winning sequence. top in each group.
Third round or semifinals. In this round, each cow that wins in each group is competed again to determine the three pairs of winning cows and three cows from the losing group. In the fourth round or final round, it is held to determine winners I, II, and III from the losing group.
So, are you interested in watching these traditional Madurese matches? If you are interested, please spend your happy time on vacation in Madura.