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Kudi (knife)

Kudi
Blade (Kudi tranchang) MET 36.25.1287 001July2014.jpg
Kudi Tranchang (or Kudi Rancang), a talisman kudi with elaborate blade.
TypeBillhook-Axe hybrid
Place of originIndonesia (Central Java) Banyumas
Service history
Used byBanyumasan people
Specifications
Length30-60 cm (blade), up to 180 cm (handle)

Blade typeSingle edge, convex grind
Hilt typeWooden
Scabbard/sheathWooden

A kudi or kudhi is a bladed tool from Banyumas, Indonesia.[1]

Description

Like a parang, a kudi only has one sharp edge, however, it has a rather curved shape blade tip like a sickle, with enlarged base. Similarly to the parang, kudi can be used to chop or cut wood and bamboo.[1] Kudi with slimmer blade may be used as weapon. The hilt is usually made of wood that is at least as long as the blade. Some kudi blades also fitted to a spear handle. In spear form, the length of the handle is usually between 65-180 cm.[2]

Culture

The kujang is often considered as a development of kudi.[3] It is said that the word "kujang" came from "kudi hyang" (Gods' kudi).[2] Banyumas version of Bagong puppet figures, called Bawor, depicted carrying a kudi (called curiga) as a weapon. Kudi is considered as one of the cultural identities of the Banyumas people.[4] The kudi is typically worn as part of the Banyumasan traditional attire by girding on the back of the waist.[5]

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References

  1. ^ a b M. Koderi & Ahmad Tohari (1991). Banyumas: wisata dan budaya. Metro Jaya. p. 138. OCLC 25247099.
  2. ^ a b M, Rahmat (2010). Mengenal Senjata Tradisional. Jakarta: Pamularsih. ISBN 978-979-053-139-0.
  3. ^ Albert G Van Zonneveld (2002). Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago. Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land. ISBN 90-5450-004-2.
  4. ^ Darmawan L (2010). Kudi, Alat Kerja Sekaligus Senjata. Baviase.
  5. ^ Y Sigit Widiyanto (2006). Hujan emas di tanah Selarong. Direktorat Jenderal Nilai Budaya Seni dan Film, Departemen Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata. p. 53. ISBN 97-915-6791-3.
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