34 Traditional Indonesian Weapons from All Provinces, Can Be Introduced to Children


Traditional weapons are one of Indonesia’s original cultures that can be introduced to children. Every province must have a traditional weapon, Mother.

Now, by introducing traditional weapons to children, he can learn about cultural diversity. Children can also get to know the tribes who explore the islands in Indonesia.

Traditional weapons in Indonesia

Each region or province in Indonesia has a different culture, including traditional weapons. Well, here have been HiMom summarized from various sources, 34 traditional weapons in Indonesia from each region that you can introduce to your children:

1. Aceh

Aceh’s traditional weapon is called rencong. This weapon resembles a small sword blade with a horn at the base. Rencong has been used since the time of Sultan Ali Mughayat Syah in 1514-1528, Mother.

2. North Sumatra

North Sumatra has traditional weapons of spears and podang (swords) used by the Batak tribe. Meanwhile, the traditional weapon of the Karo tribe is called piso surit or a long knife with a engraved handle.

What is the weapon called the gaja piso used by the kings. This traditional weapon has the meaning of authority.

3. West Sumatra

A traditional weapon from West Sumatra named Karin, Bunda. This weapon has a keris-like shape with carvings on the handle.

Other weapons from this province are spears, piarites (three-pointed spears), long swords, blowguns, and landing or machetes. Traditional weapons in the province are often used by kings in Minangkabau.

4. South Sumatra

South Sumatra has a traditional weapon called the trident spear. This weapon is made of long wood with the top shaped like a fork, Mother.

5. Jambi

The typical weapon of Jambi province is the badik or pepper mashed keris. The shape of the badik is like a keris which is straight and slightly short. The upper part of the weapon is made of horn or wood. While the base of the sheath forms a crescent moon.

Besides badik, Jambi province also has other traditional weapons, such as spears, blowpipes, and swords.

6. Riau

The traditional weapon from Riau is called the jenawi sword. This weapon is often used by warlords in battle.

The Jenawi sword is long straight and has a small protrusion at the end of the handle. Besides the jenawi sword, other weapons from Riau are kelewang, pepper mashed badik, and klindit ulu keris.

7. Riau Islands

Riau Archipelago has a traditional weapon called badik mashed pepper. The shape of this weapon is similar to a keris, but shorter.

Pepper mashed badik is made of iron and steel. The sheath or cover is made of wood covered with gold or silver.

8. Bangka Belitung

Siwar Panjang is the name of a traditional weapon from Bangka Belitung, Mother. This weapon is shaped like a long sword with a pointed tip. The long siwar handle looks curved and made of wood.

9. Bengkulu

The name of the traditional weapon from Bengkulu is the keris. The shape of the keris looks like a knife, but it is slightly curved and short. In the past, the keris was used by traditional leaders for war or traditional activities.

10. Lampung

The traditional weapon from Lampung is called a chicken spur. The shape is the same as the Bengkulu kris, but smaller.

“The tip of the chicken spur is tapered and bent, so it resembles a chicken spur. The middle of the blade is relatively thick, made of steel-coated iron. It is about an inch long and is given a wooden sheath covered with metal or silver,” said Rahmat M in the book. Traditional weapon.

In addition to spurs of chicken, traditional weapons from Lampung are terpang and payan. Terapang is shaped like a keris, while payan is a spear with a wooden handle.

11. DKI Jakarta

The traditional weapon of DKI Jakarta from the Betawi tribe is a machete. There are four machetes from the Betawi tribe, namely machetes gobang, machetes betok and badik-badik, and machetes that go down.

“In the past, the Betawi tribe used a machete to decorate the waist, both inside and outside the house to protect themselves from evil attacks,” said Rahmat.

Besides machetes, the Betawi tribe also has other traditional weapons, namely rattan, cunrik, and punta.

12. Banten

Banten has a traditional weapon called a machete. These weapons have various shapes, sizes, and weights.

The machete is made of carbon steel for the blade and wood for the handle. Usually the tip of the machete is decorated with or carved a bird’s head.

13. West Java

The name of the traditional weapon from West Java is the cleaver. The shape of the cleaver is similar to a dagger or machete, Mother.

The cleaver has a unique shape in the form of a bulge at the base, serrated on one side of the middle, and a curved shape at the end.

14. Central Java

Keris is a traditional weapon from Central Java. Keris from this province has various shapes, such as curved or straight blades.

The procedure for using a keris is different in each region. In general, the keris consists of wilah, sheath, and handle.

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15. East Java

East Java has a distinctive traditional weapon called sickle. Celurit is a traditional weapon of the Madurese community in the form of a curved blade.

In the past, sickles were widely used for agricultural tools, Mother. But later, sickle was turned into a tool of self-defense used by the people to face the enemy.

16. Special Region of Yogyakarta

Traditional weapons that are often found in the Special Region of Yogyakarta are wedung and keris. Wedung is like a meat chopper knife. This weapon is only used by courtiers with the rank of Regent.

17. Bali

Bali has many types of traditional weapons, Mother. One that is quite popular is kandik. Kandik is shaped like an axe.

Kandik is generally used to do heavy work. Well, apart from kandik, other weapons from Bali are keris and wedung.

18. West Nusa Tenggara

West Nusa Tenggara has a traditional weapon called sampari. Sampari shape is similar to a dagger. This weapon comes from the eastern part of Sumbawa Island, Mother.

19. East Nusa Tenggara

The traditional weapon that is considered sacred by the people of East Nusa Tenggara is called sundu. The shape resembles a keris.

Sundu is straight with a handle or handle resembling the shape of a bird’s wing. The sundu sarong is decorated with a distinctive motif.

20. West Kalimantan

The traditional weapon of the Dayak tribe from West Kalimantan is the saber. This weapon is a form of honor and one’s identity, Mother.

In general, the saber consists of a blade and a handle. On the blade of the saber there are carvings. While the handle is made of animal bones or animal horns carved to resemble a bird’s head.

21. Central Kalimantan

The name of a traditional weapon from Central Kalimantan is lonjo. The weapon of this provision is a sharp spear that is often used for hunting. This weapon is known to be quite deadly, Mother.

22. South Kalimantan

Talimpang is the name of a traditional weapon from South Kalimantan. This weapon is used to protect themselves from war.

Talimpang is made of strong wood. There is a special motif on the shield.

23. East Kalimantan

East Kalimantan also has a traditional weapon called the mandau from the Dayak tribe. In addition to the saber, other weapons are a type of spear, gayang, and chopsticks.

24. North Kalimantan

North Kalimantan has a traditional weapon called chopsticks. This is a typical weapon of the Dayak tribe.

Chopsticks are usually used for hunting, fighting, or traditional ceremonies. How to use chopsticks is to blow. Chopsticks are made of hard wood, such as ironwood, tapin, lanan, rasak, or plepek wood.

25. North Sulawesi

The traditional weapon of this province is the bara sangihe sword belonging to the Sangihe tribe. This weapon is a sword that both ends are forked and serrated. The handle is also forked, Mother.

26. Central Sulawesi

Pasatimpo is a traditional machete-like weapon from Central Sulawesi. This weapon has a size of approximately 40 cm and is made of copper or brass. Pasatimpo is often used in worship or heroic dances.

27. Southeast Sulawesi

The name of the traditional weapon from Southeast Sulawesi is the keris. The shape is the same as the Javanese keris, which is straight and wavy. The kris of this province is covered with gold and gems.

28. South Sulawesi

The name of the traditional weapon from South Sulawesi is the badik. This weapon is made of iron, aja, and prestige. The length of the blade is about 20 to 30 cm.

The badik sarong is made of wood covered with gold or silver plates. While the upper part is decorated with gems.

29. West Sulawesi

Weapons in West Sulawesi are also called badik. Badik shape is almost similar to weapons from South Sulawesi. The difference is, the tip of the handle of this badik is slightly curved and a bit small.

30. Gorontalo

The name of the traditional weapon of Gorontalo is wamilo. This weapon is shaped like a machete, Mother. Wamilo has an upper end that is slightly curved downwards.

31. Maluku

Maluku traditional weapon called machete sawalaku. These weapons are machetes and shields.

Parang has a length of 90-100 cm made of special iron. While the shield is made of hard wood with a motif that symbolizes courage.

32. North Maluku

The sawalaku machete is also a traditional weapon from North Maluku. In addition to the sawalaku machete, another weapon from this province is a spear. Spears are used to catch fish, consisting of a handle and a sharp spear head.

33. Papua

Papuan traditional weapons that are quite well known are bows and arrows. The arrow is made of bamboo, while the bow is made of rattan. This traditional weapon is often used for hunting and fighting, Mother.

34. West Papua

The dagger is a traditional weapon from West Papua. This weapon is made of bone decorated with woven on the top. There is also a dagger decorated with carvings of cassowary feathers. This weapon is widely used for traditional purposes, such as jewelry or weapons of war.

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