Visiting the ancestral graves, so called ‘Nyadran or Besik Kubur’, is one of the main parts of Javanese culture to nurture and take good care in seeing off the deceased during the Javanese calendar of ‘Ruwah’ month (Ngluru Arwah : Visiting the deceased). Last Sunday, I and my family carried on this tradition by visiting our ancestral graves that scattered around from the southern coast of Kulon Progo until the Karts Plateau of Gunung Kidul; at last, stopping over at Gesing beach.
Historically, in the past our ancestors were both the exiles from Majapahit noble who run away from Demak troops in 15th century. From paternal side, my great grandfather who was Kawula Dalem Pamethakan of the Sultan HB II namely Ki Somoredjo was the descendant of the Majapahit exile in 1480, namely Kyai Mertinggi, buried in Ngentakrejo Kulon Progo. From maternal side, my ancestors were both Ki Demang Jogoboyo of Mataram Kingdom, Ki Saripin Srunggo and Mas Penewu Projowirjono of Panggang. They were the descendant of the Majapahit exile who guarded the Champ queen of Bondang Surati-Brawijaya V during her hiding until dead in the Karts Plateau of Gunung Kidul.