Kramat Mbah Buyut Trusmi is located in Trusmi village in Weru sub district, about 7 km west of Cirebon. This holy site called kramat is the second most important site in Cirebon after astana Gunung Jati. Unlike astana Gunung Jati, which is under the direct control of the kraton kasepuhan, Trusmi is now independent, although formerly it also belonged to the kraton kasepuhan. When this short of independence commenced is unclear and when this question asked to the custodians, they tend to avoid answering it.
The revered figure of this kramat is known as Ki Buyut Trusmi from which the kramat’s name is derived. Kramat means holy site and Buyut means great grand-father, but the term Ki Buyut refers to the ancestor, the founder of the desa (village) where the kramat is located. Who is really meant by Ki Buyut Trusmi is still unclear. According to the local legend and folklore, the name “Trusmi” is derived from ‘trus’ (instantly) and ‘semi’ (spring). Thus ‘trus semi’ means ‘to spring up instantly’. The Kramat Trusmi consists of two sections, one section is separated from the other by a space which functions as a pathway from the west entrance of the kramat to the east entrance. The first section is in the south, comprising the mosque and its annex, whereas the other section is to the north being the tombs section where the legendary founder figures, Ki Gede Trusmi and Pangeran Trusmi , are entombed. Both sections are surrounded by a wall two meters high made up of a bare stack of red bricks. The oldest building in the complex is called witana. Witana stands for ‘wiwit’ and ‘ana’ meaning the first that existed. It lies next to the pekulahan, a pond for bathing. Next to witana lies the mosque, one main part of the kramat which although it has undergone extensive renovation still maintains its greatness architecture by the preserved structure of the building. This include the style of its wooden roof (sirap), pillars (soko guru), and the peak (memolo).
Based on the story from the custodian, the physical structure of the kramat and the traditions within it convey symbolic messages which lay on recounting the meaning of Islam as a religion of peace (rukun/damai) and the anthropomorphic measurement. The total length of the surrounding wall is 60 depa. The number 60 is alludes to the number of the prophets known by the most Muslims. The use of anthropomorphic measurement of depa , which is stretching the two hands apart making a straight line of approximately between 1.65 and 1.80 meter long, as a way of measuring a unit of length is to reflect that each prophet led mankind onto the straight path (sirat al-mustaqim).
Kramat Trusmi has three main festival: muludan (commemoration of the birth of the Propeht Muhammad), memayu (replacement of welit or palm-thatch roofs) used on pewadonan, pekuncen, and two jinem building, and ganti sirap (replacement of sirap ow wooden roofs) used on witana, the mosque, penyekarab, pesujudan, and paseban. Memayu is held once a year and ganti sirap once every four years, each is held at the beginning of the rainy season. The exact date is determined by the assembly of the village official and kramat custodians specially held for that purpose. All material and labour needed at both memayu and ganti sirap are provided entirely by the people. The offer of the materials as well as the application for essential voluntary work such as by carpenters and mason comes eventually after the custodian issues an announcement about the matter.
1. Ziarah dan Wali di Dunia Islam (Le Culte des Saints dans le Monde Musulman), ed. Henry Chambert-Loir & Claude Guliot, PT. Serambi Ilmu Semesta & Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient, 1995
2. The Islamic Traditions of Cirebon: Ibadat and Adat Among Javanese Muslims, A. G. Muhaimin, The Australian National University Press, 2006
pekuncen palm-thatch roofs building
the Green Custodians
the White Custodians
the Yellow Custodians
welit (palm-thatch roofs)
the triangle roof construction being refurnished
attaching the refurnished welit roof
ngiket welit, tying the welit into the roof construction
Trusmi Axonometric view and Site plan
Welit tying system
Welit tying system