IMPERIUMDAILY.COM-MALANG-Some argue that one of the versions of the birth of the Honocoroko Javanese letters came from Kramat Hamlet, Patok Picis Village, Wajak District, Malang Regency. A sign that is believed by the public is the existence of two tombs of Mbah Setyo and Mbah Setuhu on the hill west of Mount Semeru. The two buried people are said to be Aji Saka’s favorite students who discovered the Javanese letters.
Mbah Ardani, one of the elders of the community told, in the past when the population of Java was still small, there were three people who were Mbah Qurais, Mrs. Qurais and their son named Bambang. After growing up, Bambang married a girl. When giving birth to a child, the mother died.
Because that child is the only one, he called Aji, a special child. One day Mbah Qurais ordered Bambang to go look for milk for the baby.
By his father, Bambang was asked to go to the south east to meet Rsi Antaboga to ask for milk. Before leaving, Bambang sharpened gaman (a weapon). He will ask for milk by all means if necessary must kill. After meeting Antaboga, Bambang intends to directly beat his gaman. But it had not yet hit the target, Antaboga, which is the embodiment of a snake, slashed its tail and struck Bambang to death. It is said that Bambang’s name later became the name of Bambang Village in Wajak District.
For this incident Mbah Qurais apologized to the Anantaboga Receipt. Then both of them gave strength to Aji Saka. So, Aji became a very powerful child, he can imitate anyone’s magic. Aji has a rompi ontokusumo which with that vest he can fly without wings, has an aji gongseng, when his legs are stomped, his bell is heard everywhere.
The next weapon is the kencono wrapping, he can jump without legs and then having a belt of diamonds which when struck the sea will dry, mount jugruk (dry sea, mountain destroyed).
However, behind the magic of Aji there is worry from Mbah Qurais, because Aji does not have religious knowledge. So by Mbah Qurais he was sent to Mecca to recite the Koran. When in Makkah Aji was accompanied by Setuhu. There Aji was rather unstable, at first he joined the prayer, but when the greeting, Aji was not in place.
Seeing Aji’s behavior one day the teacher asked all the pilgrims not to leave after greeting, but were asked to circle the mosque saka. Now when all the students circled, Aji left the mosque. “So since then Aji was called Aji Saka, because he came out of saka/pole,” explained Ardani.
After Aji Saka’s religious knowledge was considered sufficient, he was asked to return to Sumedang Kamulan. Because there is a king who likes to eat humans. Aji was asked to fight the savage king. But unfortunately, the heirloom of Aji Saka was left in Mecca. When in Makkah Aji left his heirloom to Setuhu and advised that it not be given to anyone who asked except Aji Saka himself.
So, Setuhu went home and wanted to give the heirloom to Aji Saka. At the same time, at Medang Kamulan, Aji also ordered his subordinate named Setyo to take heirlooms. Aji advised, whoever brought the heirloom Setyo was asked to take.
This Aji Saka student then met in a forest in Wajak. At that time Setyo asked for heirlooms brought by Setuhu. However, Setuhu refused to give because he only gave it to Aji Saka. Both of them kept their promise of loyalty to Aji Saka, so Setyo and Setuhu fought. Because both are magical, these two warriors all died.
The position of Setuhu’s body is stretched with his head in the north and feet in the south. So, he was buried in a position like an Islamic tomb. While Setyo’s body stretched out with his head in the west and feet in the east, he was buried in such a position. Now the two graves are also in different positions. The gravestone on Setuhu’s grave is written in Arabic letters and Setyo’s grave is written in Javanese.
After finding out that two of his students died in order to maintain their faithful promise, Aji Saka was very sad. So to commemorate the two people then Aji Saka made the Javanese letter honocoroko dotosowolo podojoyonyo mogobotongo. Which is honocoroko meaning (there are two messengers) dotosowolo (who fight each other defending the principle) podojoyonyo (equally strong) mogobotongo (both becoming stems/died).
In addition to the tomb of Aji Saka students, about 1 kilometer from the tomb of Mbah Styo Setuhu to the north there is the tomb of Mbah Salim. Which is said that Mbah Salim was once called by Gus Dur as a highly knowledgeable Islamic figure.
The team of jelajah seribu situs visited the tomb that was said to belong to Mbah Salim. There is a public cemetery, and the tomb of Mbah Salim is the most different. Because the ground above the tomb is filled with moss. While other tombs overgrown with shrubs. It is said that the presence of these moss as a form of one of the privileges of the tomb of Mbah Salim. (aka)