Sunday, 12 July 2015

Neptu and Pasaran: Revealing a Person’s Character of Javanese

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Some members of Javanese society, especially the older generation, still believe that neptu and pasaran play an important role in determining a person’s natural character. It is calculated by adding the neptu of the day and its pasaran (Suwardi, 2003). The character of a person, as based on his neptu and pasaran (birth date), is determined as follows:

Table 5: A person’s character based on his birth date Value of birth date
Natural character
8
Bad character, fond of quarrelling, and dangerous when angry.
9
Fond of moving, has a desire to destruct, resistant to magic spells.
10
Determined, kind, enjoys a good relationship with siblings, smiles easily.
11
Generous, brave, trustworthy, smart, eager to steal if poor.
12
Accepts his destiny, lucky, often loses things.
13
Talkative, peaceful, loves to be praised, high-tempered (emotional).
14
Work is not long-lasting, not rich, and shy.
15
Fond of giving orders, stubborn, enough to eat, a lot of relatives, often fights.
16
Easy to forgive, fond of criticizing, his wish often comes true.
17
Failed ambitions, a quiet drifter, often treated badly by others.
18
Whiny, boastful when rich, likes being alone.

It is explained that if the neptu of the day and neptu of the pasaran of a prospective couple are identified, we can see a prediction of their marriage. This is done by adding the neptu of the day and neptu of the pasaran of the couple, then dividing the result by four. The remainder will indicate a number which represents a certain symbol and meaning.

Table 6: The remainder after division, its symbol, and its meaning
The remainder after division
Symbol
Meaning
1
Gentho
Difficult to get offspring
2
Gembili
Will be blessed with children
3
Sri
Always fortunate
4
Punggel
Ends
The concept of Neptu or Ilmu Titen above is rather confusing because it is related to a natural element, namely palawija plants (the crops planted in the garden around a Javanese house). What is the basis for this consideration? At this point, the writer assumes that the names of palawija plants are used because in the past, Java was a predominantly agrarian society. In addition, it relates to the sacred element in Javanese culture

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