Anjir in TPI Brondong

Posted by David Khoirul

anjir TPI BrondongIn the morning or afternoon, Blimbing fishermen go home with tons of fish after five to six days of sailing. They sail by boats, carrying traditional wooden fish boxes, hooks, ice cubes, some fishnet and, of course, foods and drinks. The boats, called jonjon or perahu, always go along the side of the Tempat Pelelangan Ikan (Fish Auction) beach in Brondong, passing through the anjir, two poles -- red and green -- which stand next to the sea shore.

Anjir comes from the Javanese word nganjir meaning "to stand," referring to their position where they stand amidst the sea water which, for certain people, is mysterious. Fishermen use the anjir as both the entrance and exit gate and as a sign of the existance of corals and rocks that lay just under the surface of the poles, thus preventing the fishermen from wracking their boats.

Previously made of wooden planks, the anjir is believed to be mystical by superstitious people. Villagers would hold such rituals as tabur sesajen, larung kepala sapi and nyepi. Although these rituals don't exist anymore in the present, many people make the anjir a sacred place. According to the local people, the anjir is occupied by a giant octopus which is invisible to human eyes.

About three kilometers in the north of the anjir is the location where Dutch ship Van Der Wijck sank in 1939. Many passengers died, and their spirits, villagers believe, have stayed in the anjir, guarding the passing boats of fishermen.

[Photo credit: Blimbing Metro]

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