Of various religious ceremonies performed in Tenganan, one of the most interesting is Mekar ceremony curry or Geret Pandan (Pandanus war). The ceremony, held on sasih kalima (fifth month on the Balinese calendar) is part of the ceremony of "Sasih Worship" is the largest religious ceremony in the village of Tenganan.

Sites Mekare-kare ceremony are in front of Bale Patemu (meeting hall in the courtyard of the village). The timing of the usually begins at 2 pm in which all citizens using custom clothing Tenganan (Pegringsingan woven fabric), and men with no clothes on in single combat armed with thorny pandanus bound into the shape of a mace.

They danced and cutbacks opponent. His right hand held a weapon pandan their left hand while holding a shield made of rattan. This duel on a rotation basis (approximately 3 hours) and must be followed by all the men in the village (started up teen). After the ceremony, all scars are treated with traditional ingredients that supposedly made very powerful turmeric to heal wounds.

Nothing sad eyes even cries at the time because they all do solemnly and sincerely happy. This tradition is part of the ritual worship of the god Indra Tenganan community, the god of war was honored with the blood so that the attractions pandanus war conducted without resentment, or even with a cheerful smile, even if it means hurting the pandanus thorns.


Tenganan Village, Manggis, Karangasem, Bali

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