Document Type : Original Article


1 Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

2 National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia

3 Tanjungpura University, Indonesia


Ceremonies, rituals, and symbolism are integral to preserving Javanese culture. Symbolism, deeply woven into traditional ceremonies, reflects the essence of Javanese philosophy and cultural values, as well as life guidelines, particularly evident in the tedhak siten ceremony. This article, thus, aims to delve into the linguistic and symbolic intricacies of the traditional ceremonial processions, tedhak siten, and its elements, such as ubarampe, embodying parents’ heartfelt prayers and aspirations for their children. This qualitative research adopts an ethnolinguistic approach, employing observation, interviews, and literature studies to reveal that these ceremonies constitute a vital part of the Javanese life cycle, specifically in the birth phase. Employing Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, the results of this article show that the ceremony exhibits hierarchical structures, collective participation, gender balance, and structured processes. Ultimately, the tedhak siten ceremony signifies the Javanese community’s prudence, portraying acceptance, introduction, and fervent hopes for a prosperous life for the child.