Greatest Cultur in The World - Pandan War Ceremony in Bali Indonesia

Pandan War Ceremony - Bali Indonesia

Pandan War ceremony is offering ceremony performed in honor of Lord Indra (god of war) and the ancestors. Pandan War also called Mekaré-kare. These rituals are held every year in June in Tenganan Village, which is located at 70 km east of Denpasar Bali is approximately 70 minutes using a motor vehicle, this village makes one of the old villages in Bali, this is called the Bali Aga village. The village is surrounded by hills, while the shapes themselves as worthy of his village a fortress which only has four entrance with guard system, making it easier to know who is coming and going from the village. 

Beliefs held by different Tenganan villagers Balinese people in general. Tenganan villagers have written rules or awig awig that has been passed down by their ancestors, also do not recognize caste and believed God Indra is the god of all gods. Lord Indra is the god of war. The history of Tenganan is the gift of God Indra on wong Peneges, the ancestral village of Tenganan. While the Balinese Hindus generally make the Tri Murti, namely Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva as the supreme god. 

It is said that according to the story, in the ancient times and the surrounding area Tenganan ruled by a king named Maya Denawa of the unjust and cruel, he even made ​​himself as Lord and forbids the Balinese perform religious rituals, heard that the gods in heaven was angry, and the gods sent Lord Indra to resuscitate or destroy Maya Denawa, Lord Indra by lifting the warlords or the leaders of the battle. Through fierce fighting and casualties were not a little, his final Denawa Maya can beat. 

War Ceremony Pandan / Mekaré curry was held 2 days and 1 held once a year at sasih kalima (the fifth month in the Balinese calendar) and is part of the ceremony is a religious ceremony Sasih Worship in Desa Tenganan.Tempat the ceremony Mekaré-kare is in front meeting hall is in the village yard. Execution time usually begins at 2 pm in which all citizens using custom clothing Tenganan (Pegringsingan woven cloth), for men only use gloves (Kamen), shawl (saput), and a headband (udeng) without a shirt, shirtless. 

Equipment thorny pandanus war is tied into the shape of a mace, while the shield is made ​​of rattan. Every man (start up teenagers) in this village are required to participate in the implementation of Pandan War, the stage is about 5 x 5 square meters. With a height of about 1 meter, without a safety rope around. 

Before Pandan War begins, the ceremony begins with the ritual surrounding the village to beg salvation, then held a ritual drink palm wine, palm wine poured in on bamboo banana leaf that serves as glass. Participants war each wine poured into a banana leaf that other participants. Then the wine is collected and disposed laterally into the stage. 

When the ceremony begins Pandan War, Mangku Widia indigenous leaders in Tenganan Village gestured with his voice, and the two young men get ready. They are face to face with a bundle of pandan leaves in the right hand and a shield made ​​of woven rattan on the left hand. Mediators like the referee standing between two young men. 

After the arbitrator raised hands high, two young men attacked each other. They hit the back of the opponent by way of first embrace. They hugged each other. Backs hit each opponent with the pandan leaves and menggeretnya. Therefore this ritual is also called pandan megeret. Participants another war cheering encouragement. Gamelan beaten with a fast tempo. Two young men hugging each other and beat until fall. Pemedek mediator helped separate the two others. 

This match did not last long. Less than a minute even. Finish the game directly connected game to another, It is done rotating (approximately 3 hours). 

After the ceremony all the scars treated with traditional ingredients made ​​from turmeric which is said to be very powerful to heal wounds. No sad eyes even cries at the time because they all do it with sincere and happy. This tradition is part of the ritual worship of the people of Tenganan to Lord Indra, the god of war were honored with a ceremony of blood through pandanus war, done without a sense of revenge, or even with a cheerful smile, even if it means hurting the pandanus thorns. 

After the war finished Pandan then covered with bersembahyangan at the local temple equipped with present / deliver to Rejang dance. 

Customs should we hold in high regard as a self-image self-esteem will also symbolize a country. Customs do not lose it to let people know where we came from. Bali island of the gods displays various kinds of beauty.

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