Kuburan Panjang

(Long Graves)

The two sacred graves called "Kuburan Panjang" are located in a dense area overgrown with bamboo.

The two sacred graves called “Kuburan Panjang” are located in a dense area overgrown with bamboo.

While talking with people along the roads outside the City of Jambi, we were informed that there were some sacred graves just off the main road, and being very much interested in the history and legends these graves are associated with, we decided to take a short detour to see them.

The location of these graves are in the village called Desa Kuap, about 61 meters (200′) behind a person’s home. There are no signs along the road giving direction to them, and there is nothing in the back of this home giving directions to the grave’s exact locations. In fact, the entire area is overgrown with very tall bamboo and there is no lasting evidence of their ever being graves there. The only assumed evidence remaining are two depressions in the ground about .5 meters (1.5′) deep and 7 meters long (23’).  The people in the area say those depressions were the graves of a very tall husband and wife.

It is hard to see, but there is a depression here that is said to be that of the husband.

It is hard to see, but there is a depression here that is said to be the grave of a man who’s name has long been forgotten.

Who Were They?

If there are people buried at this location, their names have long been forgotten, as well as the years of their birth and death. One person told us their graves date back to the 1500s. The only abiding stories are obviously legends that continue to get passed down…which obviously gets embellished and added to as time goes on.

One Lingering Legend

One elderly man, somewhere around 80+ years (he didn’t know his exact age), told us one story about the man buried there. He said that this man was so powerful that he could drive his sword through the skull of a water buffalo and pin the animal to the ground with one swing. Others men would then be able to cut its throat and present it as an offering to a spirit.

Though hard to see, this slight depression in the ground is said to be the grave of the wife.

Though hard to see, this slight depression in the ground is said to be the grave of the wife.

How to Find the Supposed Graves

To locate the graves called “Kuburan Panjang,” travel west out of the City of Jambi toward the City of Muara Bulian. When you arrive at the intersection called Simpang Kubu Kandang, turn right and continue 9 kilometers. At this location you will find a “Y” in the road. Continue on to the right several kilometers till you reach the Village of Kuap (Desa Kuap). From there you will need to ask people along the road for the exact location of Kuburan Panjang, which is located about 61 meters (200′) behind an individual’s home.

June 24, 2013

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