The eerie landscape of Bromo and it’s neighboring volcanoes has spawned countless myths and legends. It is said that the Tengger crater was originally dug out with just half a coconut shell by an ogre smitten with love for a princess.
But Bromo is of particular religious significance to the Hindu Tengger people, who still populate the massif and first fled here to escape the wave of islam that broke over the Majapahit Empire in the 16th century. The Tengger believe that Bromo once fell within the realm of the childless King Joko Seger and Queen Roro Anteng, who asked the God of the volcano for assistance in producing an heir.
The God obliged , giving them 25 children, but demanded that the youngest, a handsome boy named Dian Kusuma, be sacrificed to the flames in return. When the queen later refused to fulfill her promise, the young Dian bravely sacrificed himself to save the kingdom from retribution.
Today, the mountain is appeased during the annual Kasada Festival,when the local Tanggerese come to Bromo to throw offering of vegetables, chicken and money into the crater of the volcano