Ini Asal-usul Nama Banyuwangi

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ARCHIPELAGO – Di ujung timur Pulau Jawa terdapat sebuah kabupaten yang punya alam indah dan terkenal karena memiliki Blue Fire. Tak lain, kabupaten ini adalah Banyuwangi.

Selain memiliki alam yang indah, nyatanya Kabupaten yang lahir pada 18 Desember 1971 itu juga menyimpan kisah pilu dibalik namanya.

Menurut legenda yang berkembang, kala itu wilayah ini dipimpin seorang raja bernama Prabu Sulakromo. Di masa kepemimpinannya, sang raja dibantu oleh Patih bernama Patih Sidopekso yang gagah, berani, dan arif.

Sang patih punya seorang istri bernama Sri Tanjung, yang memiliki paras ayu serta halus budi bahasanya. Saking cantiknya, bahkan sang raja pun ikut tergila-gila padanya.

Saking tergila-gilanya, Prabu Sulakromo terus membujuk dan merayu Sri Tanjung. Bahkan agar bujuk rayunya berhasil, sang raja mencari ide licik.

Dirinya memerintah Patih Sidopeksi menjalankan tugas yang tidak mungkin dapat diselesaikan manusia biasa. Dan tanpa rasa curiga sedikit pun, sang patih langsung menjalani tugas yang diberikan oleh atasannya.

Sepeninggal Patih Sidopekso, ulah Prabu Sulakromo makin menjadi-jadi, dirinya terus merayu dan menggoda Sri Tanjung. Walau begitu, Sri Tanjung tetap tak tergoda dan selalu berdoa untuk sang suami tercinta. Karena cintanya tak terbalas, ia pun geram dan memfitnah Sri Tanjung.

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Sekembalinya Patih Sidopekso, ia langsung menghadap dan Prabu Sulakromo kembali berulah. Sang raja mengatakan jika selama patih bertugas, istrinya mendatanginya dan bertindak serong.

Mendengar hal ini, Patih Sidopekso langsung menemui Sri Tanjung dengan penuh amarah. Meski sang istri sudah menjelaskan dan berkata jujur, patih tetap tak percaya.

Kemudian, diseretlah Sri Tanjung ke tepi sungai yang keruh dan kumuh. Tahu dirinya akan dibunuh, Sri Tanjung pun mengajukan permintaan terakhir kepada suaminya.

Sebagai bukti kejujuran, kesucian, dan kesetiaan, ia rela dibunuh serta ingin jasadnya diceburkan ke dalam sungai. Apabila darahnya nanti membuat air sungai berbau busuk, maka dirinya memang berbuat serong, tetapi jika air sungai justru berbau harum, maka ia tidak berbuat salah.

Karena tidak lagi mampu menahan diri, sang patih langsung menikam keris ke dada sang istri. Darah memercik dari tubuh Sri Tanjung dan langsung tewas seketika.

Mayat Sri Tanjung segera diceburkan ke sungai. Lama kelamaan, warna air sungai berangsur jernih seperti kaca, serta menyebarkan bau harum. Melihat hal ini, Patih Sidopekso terhuyung-huyung, jatuh dan linglung, tanpa sadar ia menjerit, “Banyu………wangi” “Bayu………wangi”.

Kisah inilah yang akhirnya membentuk sebuah nama Banyuwangi dan terus bertahan hingga sekarang.(NUH/KUMPARAN)

English Version:

THIS IS THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME BANYUWANGI

ARCHIPELAGO – At the eastern end of Java there is a district that has beautiful nature and is famous for having Blue Fire. Nothing else, this district is Banyuwangi.

In addition to having a beautiful nature, in fact the Regency which was born on December 18, 1971 also keeps a sad story behind its name.

According to the legend that developed, at that time this region was led by a king named Prabu Sulakromo. During his leadership, the king was assisted by Patih named Patih Sidopekso who was brave, courageous, and wise.

The patih had a wife named Sri Tanjung, who had a beautiful face and was refined in his language. So beautiful, even the king was crazy about him.

So crazy, Prabu Sulakromo continued to persuade and seduce Sri Tanjung. Even so that the persuasion was successful, the king sought a cunning idea.

He ruled Patih Sidopeksi to carry out a task that was not possible for ordinary people. And without the slightest suspicion, the patih immediately took on the task given by his superiors.

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After the death of Patih Sidopekso, Prabu Sulakromo acted increasingly, he continued to seduce and tease Sri Tanjung. Even so, Sri Tanjung remained unmoved and always prayed for his beloved husband. Because his love was unrequited, he was furious and slandered Sri Tanjung.

Upon returning from Patih Sidopekso, he immediately turned up and Prabu Sulakromo returned to acting. The king said that if during the duty of the governor, his wife would come to him and act in unison.

Hearing this, Patih Sidopekso immediately met Sri Tanjung with anger. Even though the wife had explained and said honestly, the patih still did not believe.

Then, the Sri Tanjung was dragged to the murky, slum bank of the river. Knowing that he would be killed, Sri Tanjung also submitted his last request to her husband.

As proof of honesty, chastity, and loyalty, he was willing to be killed and wanted his body to be thrown into the river. If the blood later makes river water foul, then he is indeed acting bad, but if the river water smells good, then he does not do wrong.

Because he was no longer able to hold himself back, the patih immediately stabbed the kris into his wife’s chest. Blood splashed from Sri Tanjung’s body and instantly died.

The corpse of Sri Tanjung was immediately plunged into the river. Eventually, the color of the river water gradually became clearer like glass, and spread a fragrant smell. Seeing this, Patih Sidopekso staggered, fell and dazed, unconsciously screaming, “Banyu ……… fragrant” “Bayu ……… fragrant”.

This story finally formed a Banyuwangi name and continued to survive until now. (NUH/KUMPARAN)

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