West Java : 30 km from Tasikmalaya or 26 km from Garut ( between Garut and Tasikmalaya ), it’s located a unique village called Kampung Naga on 1.5 hectares land with 113 specific houses and similar look.
There are 108 families contains 316 persons. The view itself really calming, with rice fields terrace, river and forbidden forest.
Kampung means village, naga means dragon in english, is it a village of dragon ? No.., it’s nothing to do with the legend of dragon, it just a name, it was totally burned on 1956 and rebuilt again on 1960. To visit this place, we need to step down the ladders. it’s easy when you’re going down but more harder when you’re leaving the village because you need to climb up the 439 stairs, lol..
I arrived there around noon and was accompany by a guide named Mang Aria. He’s a young man who also live in Kampung Naga, he told story and the history about the place, what can and can’t do inside the Kampung.
There’s a house called Bumi Ageng, not everyone can enter even take pictures because they believe the house is sacred, he also remind me not to take pictures with slipper. I really curious what the mystic reason that not allowed us to do it. I asked him and he said whatever pictures people took with slippers won’t give any result because people should take pictures with camera …, not with slippers. Hahahaha…, he got me. I really thought it’s a serious rule, but in fact he made a joke and totally folled me. But it’s not me, if i was not make even, I told him about the rule in big city like Jakarta, no one allow to enter movie wearing slippers. Oh really.., he asked, so everyone has to wear shoes then ?? No silly, everyone needs tickets to get into the movies, not slippers. Hahahaha…, the same slippers joke back to him.
People in Kampung Naga still live in traditional way and apply it into their life, they refuse to use electricity for lighting and use ‘lampu teplok’ ( kerosene lamps ) or petromaks.
There are no electronic stuffs in their home, such as refrigerator, air con, computer, etc. Only some of them have TV, black and white, with no color and old type. They turn on the TV with accu, still using fire woods for cooking and ironing with charcoal.
There is no doctors or clinic inside the kampung, because they choose to live healthy and using the medicine that nature already provided.
Mang Aria told me, the Kampung Naga people have wisdom to live WITH nature, not only to live IN nature. This thing we can learn from them, from the simple people who choose to live harmony with nature.
Stop abusing our earth, it’s suffering enough.