THE CULTURE AND CUSTOM OF THE RAWA KAMPAR COMMUNITY IN PERAK THE BERJOJAK OR WALKING ON SOIL CUSTOM
The Berjojak ceremony to train a toddler to walk on soil is held when the toddler is 13 months old. When the ceremony is over the toddler is bathed outside the house and ends with a feast. The host serves his guests and the Jojak man who handles the ceremony. The choice dishes are yellow glutinous rice and roasted chicken that are also meant as payment to the Jojak man.
The ceremony is held in the morning between the 1st and the 15th day of the Islamic calendar. The toddler is trained to walk on three types of soil and a variety of flowers. Gongs are beaten and firecrackers burnt accompanying the ceremony.
The required ingredients and equipment are a small plate each of fried rice corn, white rice and yellow rice, three lumps of flour, two limes, three candles, a lump of clay, a lump of powdered incense, two rice bowls of water, a filled betel nut and betel leaf container, fresh turmeric, and an incense burner. All these are placed on a tray covered with yellow cloth. On the ceiling are hung with yellow cloth as well as the floor is also covered with the same. It is compulsory for the toddler to be smeared with henna and adorned with yellow attire, while a toddler boy with a keris.