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Massorong Salu Tradition

Many people of Indonesia held Akikah for their sons and daughters who have just been born . Actually, Akikah are the animal sacrifices in Islamic Shari'a as the redeemer of a newborn baby . Akikah also means slaughter a lamb on the seventh day of the baby birth . According to the language, Akikah means cutting which is required . Lamb or goat, are usually used as the animal which is sacrified in the procession of Akikah, the same as the Muslim sacrificial Holiday.

For the slaughtered animals on the Akikah also have certain criterias . The animal must be healthy and the Akikah usually sacrifices two goats for a boy, and for girls just one goat . The implementation of Akikah is recommended on the seventh day of the birth . If you can not do it on the seventh day, it could be held on the fourteenth, or on the twenty first day of birth . In general, the implementation of Akikah is almost the same in various regions in Indonesia, however, there are some areas that held akikah slightly different . This is because of its aculturation with the local culture . For example, Paku Village community, Binuang subdistrict, Polewali Mandar, West Sulawesi Province . They held tradition of "Massorong Salu" or the Akikah for 7 to 21 days infants aged by removing the offerings to the sea .

"Massorong Salu" tradition means a sacrificial offering to the possessor of the sea, as well as the prayer with the hope someday the baby grew up and successful . The Massorong Salu is also interpreted as an expression of prayer for safety to the baby so that they will safe and are protected from harm . Usually the offerings contained with various kinds of food such as seven colors sticky rice, grilled chicken, coconut, eggs and bananas .

Before the tradition is held, it is initiated with the cutting of the newborns hair . Afterwards, a procession of Massorong Salu tradition held. A number of offerings that have been prepared are given mantras . The ceremony is usually led by traditional leaders who helped deliver the baby. After giving mantras for safety of the baby, then the offerings brought to the coast as an offering to the possessor of the sea. Once arrived on the beach, the offering then placed on the beach above the mat which is overlaid on the sand. The offerings are then given mantras for safety. After that, the offerings floated out to the sea . Having floated out to sea, then the offerings became seizure among people to take its contents. They believe that such offerings can be a blessing for the people. However this offering may not be taken by immediate family, who lead the ceremony .

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