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Tracing the Traces of Benue's Kedatuan in Lombok

Holiday Ayo - Long before the founding of the Selaparang and Pejanggik Kingdoms in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, it is believed that there was a kedatuan (a type of kingdom) called Kedatuan Benue. This kedatuan is believed to be in Dasan Lekong Hamlet, Selebung Village, Batukliang District, Central Lombok.

There is a burial site surrounded by walls and there are 10 tombs. Nine meals are the tombs of the Kedatuan Benue family and one is the tomb of a cleric.

As cited from radarlombok.co.id, to the PDIP NTB and Mi6 Expeditionary Team, a local community leader, Akhir, said that the cemetery complex is also the remains of Datu Benue. It is said that around the tomb, Datu Benue mysteriously disappeared.

"So if people make a pilgrimage to the grave they will read 'Assalamualaikum ya waliyullah', because Datu Benue did not die here, but disappeared," he said.

When entering the cemetery area, people are required to take off their shoes, like entering a house. The pilgrims did not only come from Lombok, but from outside Lombok, even to foreign countries.

Several foreign tourists were found at the location to see firsthand the tomb of the Kedatuan Benue family and some artifacts from the Kedatuan.

Some of the artifacts of the Benue Kingdom's legacy are still preserved to this day. There is a spear type weapon that has been petrified, ancient jars, broken jugs, kepeng tepong (money holes), to rice that has turned black because it has been buried in the ground for a long time.

The artifacts were found during a landslide around the site, and the rest were obtained from rock excavations. In fact, local people have also found human bones that are quite long. On the bones, found jewelry. It is believed, the bones are human bones buried under the eruption of Mount Samalas in Lombok in 1257.

The end said Datu Benue had the nickname Wali Mukmin or servant of Allah. Datu Benue has a horse that is very fast when running named Kuda Sambarani. In front of the tomb was found a place to tie a horse complete with the rest of the rope.

A youth leader of Selebung Village, Muslim, said that Datu Benue existed in the period 1800 years ago. Long before Islam came.

“Datu Benue, also known as Wali Mukmin, spreads Islamic principles or values in a monotheistic way. When it comes to Islam Nusantara, Wali Mukmin is a phenomenal figure," he said.

Even the name Datu Benue is very famous outside Lombok. Many foreign researchers are very interested in exploring the story of Kedatuan Benue.

In the burial complex there is a stone used by pilgrims to grind a piece of rice or known as 'bubus' to be rubbed on the forehead of the child for safety purposes.

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