Grave of Putri Ayu
One interesting way to learn about a culture of a given ethnic group is to learn about their beliefs surrounding death and their method of burial. In association with that, is what takes place at the grave site after burial.
Our study of culture has led us to learn about prominent graves in Jambi. One notable grave is that of a woman named of Nyi Mas Rahima. Today this woman is commonly referred to as Putri Ayu. There is a strong belief that her grave has “keramat,” or spiritual power. There are several other such graves in Jambi that are believed to possess “keramat.” Information from the caretakers at the grave of Putri Ayu indicate that no less than five people visit the grave every day. They pray for health, a spouse, fertility, employment, beauty, or any need they may have.
Originally the grave of Putri Ayu was located just south of the former Dutch fort, which has since been transformed into a public water tower, with the name of “PDAM Tirta Mayang.” Due to the need to widen the road at that location where the original grave of Putri Ayu was located, the remains were said to have been moved to Kemboja Street in 1980. A satellite view of the location of her former grave can be found by clicking this link. The satellite view of her grave’s current location can be found by clicking this link.
Our translation of the legend of Putri Ayu can be read by clicking this link.