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The tradition of creating fire from bamboo sticks

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Sorong – The Moi Kelin tribe is a tribe from Sorong, West Papua Province, they still maintain a culture or tradition of how to make fire from bamboo sticks or known as Masangkede by the Moi Kelin tribe and is still maintained by local indigenous people to this day.

For the Moi people, Masangkede is a hereditary tradition that is still preserved today, because it is a tradition passed down from the ancestors of the Moi Tribe.

A resident of the Moi tribe in Malaumkarta Village, Sorong Regency, known as Mama Adolfina Sapisa, at that time claimed to still maintain the Masangkede tradition inherited by the ancestors of the Moi Kelin tribe for generations. She even smoothly demonstrated the Masangkede tradition.

Her expertise is amazing in lighting a fire with only a piece of dry bamboo, stones, and nipa tree fibers that have been processed into dry in seconds Mama Adolfina is able to make a fire.

But according to Mama Adolfina, it turns out that not all types of bamboo can be used and only special types of bamboo are only known by the Moi Kelin indigenous people. In order to quickly produce embers, the fibers of the nipa tree must have been dried and in the language of the MOI Kelin tribe are called Ligi. “Ligi is then clamped with a stone and then rubbed on a dry bamboo stick to produce fire. This tradition can be used by old people at home or in the garden,” She said.

But unfortunately, in this sophisticated era, according to Mama Adolfina, the Masangkede tradition is almost extinct because it is rarely used in this day and age. “Many parents if the younger generation today do not know the Masangkede tradition so that the cultural heritage of the Moi Kelin Tribe is endangered,” she added.

Therefore, many Papuans still maintain this tradition so that it does not become extinct and inform many people and the media so that it is increasingly recognized and maintained by the next generations in Papua, especially the Moi Kelin tribe.

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