Jemparingan : The Practices of Forbearance

Jemparingan is a Javanese traditional archery. The word is derived from the Javanese word “jemparing” which means arrow. That said, Jemparingan is an exercise activity of the palace soldiers. However, over the time Jemparingan become sports competitions.

The knights shooting the target in a cross-legged sitting position. They also are required to wear traditional clothes: surjan, jarit and blangkon for men, and kebaya and jarit for women.

They sit with erect posture, their left hand holding the bow straight, facing toward the target  named Bandul which is approximately 30 meters.

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