The Origin of Rejangese People…?

The title above is still using a question mark because of four researchers who did research on the origin of the community turned out to not be able to provide the Rejang explanation of the origin of the concrete Rejang people. This paper I took from a website. Hopefully through this in the days to come there is a researcher who can give an answer to the origins of the concrete about Rejang people.

Some of the research that has been done by researchers of the Rejang people are commonly based on the information and oral stories of old people, because no additional Rejang written records, which can be made into a good reference in the form of manuscripts or inscriptions as well as personal records of ancient leaders or certain people from the ancestors of the Rejang. As among other William Marsden who was an English researcher in 1779 a.d. who wrote the book with the title “The History Of Sumatra”, and then Mohammad Hoesein who was the son of Prince Kota Donok who was an original Rejangese in Lebong in 1960-1966. And who served as Governor of South Sumatra Province, where it is poured in a manuscript titled “Tembo and Adat Tiang IV”. Not only him, there was DR. Hazairin, a son from Bengkulu in 1932 in the framework of the preparation of his doctoral dissertation titled “De Redjang” which was later appended by M.A. Jaspan, a researcher from Australia National University which conducted research in 1961-1963, which poured in her book “From Patriliny To Matriliny, Structural Change Amongst The Rejang Of Southwest Sumatra” as well as the latest researcher was Prof. Dr. Richard Mc Ginn, which is the great teacher of Ohio University, USA.

However from four researchers, no one are summed up in the concrete about the origins of where it came from ancestors of Rejang, but generally indicates the Rejang comes from Back of India (Viet Nam Peninsular) because according to the theory about the origins of the ancestors of the Indonesian nation is the man behind the boat from Back of India looking for new island in Nusantara Archipelago around 2 A.C. and they sailed from the West Coast of Sumatra, and they occupied the Ketahun River in Lebong then settled at that time named Renah Sekelawi-Pinang Belapis, but clearly, the fourth such research only concluded that the Rejang comes from four groups of humans in the Lebong region initially chosen by the Ajai.

Whereas a last research by Prof. Dr. Richard Mc Ginn in 2006 concluded that the origin of the Rejang people was areas of Tonkin, Indo-China (Back of India) which is about 1200 years ago through their move to Kalimantan, Sumatra, at that time, they sailed to Sarawak (North Borneo) and some people live there to this day their descendants still speak the Rejang, and there is also a river named Rejang River. From there they sailed through the island of Bangka and Belitung, toward the upper Musi River straying to the right up to the River, till Uppes of Rawas area, there are some people who lived there, last they went to the highest River to Mt. Hulu Tapus and so that live there.

The theory expressed by by Prof Dr. Richard Mc Ginn of 2006 it turned out to be the same as what stories was told by Rejangese parents to their descendant. Rejang People ancestors that first lived around the Great Lakes in Hulu Tapus Mountain. (one of the manuscript on this still kept by Mr. Rattama, who was the priest of Suka Kayo village in Lebong Regency).

A reality, that 7 Rejangese villages in district Bermani Ulu Rawas in Musi Rawas Regency, namely Kuto Tanjung, Napa Licin village, Sosokan Village, Muara Kulam Village (Capital District), Muara Kuwis Village (close to Embong Village in Lebong Utara District), Sendawar Village and Karang Pinggan Village, which is one of the proof about the truth theory which states that “some of them are living in the Rawas”.

Estimated, after passing through a long time they lived near in a Lake large, son of their descendants down to Tapus Lowland in a Suka Negeri Village (now) then their descendants spread and eventually consisted of four groups who lived in the hamlets, each led by Ajai. The four groups is the forerunner of the Rejang Tiang Empat Lima Raja (Rejang Four Pillar of Fifth Kings, who was very famous in the name Tembo Rajo (Book of Kings).
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