Showing posts with label Tradition. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tradition. Show all posts

Friday, March 31, 2017

Galungan Tradition in Bali

The day of Galungan, celebrated by Hindu in every 210 days, using the calculation of the Balinese calendar in Buddha Kliwon Dungulan (Rabu Kliwon wuku Dungulan) as the day of victory of Dharma (righteousness) against Adharma (evil). 

Hindu's pray for galungan day
The Series of the Galungan

Tumpek Wariga

Saniscara (Saturday) Kliwon wuku Wariga is called Tumpek Wariga or Tumpek Bubuh or Tumpek Pengatag or Tumpek Pengarah in 25 days before Galungan. In Tumpek Wariga, Ista Dewata who we worshipped called Sang Hyang Sangkara as the God of prosperity and safety of herbs. People will celebrate it with giving some offerings ….in many colors, such as:

Bubuh Putih (white) for tubers

Bubuh Bang (red) for fields

Bubuh Gadang (green) for trees breeds generative

Bubuh Kuning (yellow) for trees breeds vegetative

In Tumpek Wariga, people will spread the holy water (tirta) to all of the trees that got from temple and also with the offerings. Once that is done, then the owner of the tree will read some mantras for the tree hoping that they will grow big and give many fruits. 

See Also : Tradition In Bali, Nyepi

Sugihan Jawa

Sugihan Jawa comes from two word, Sugi and Jawa. Sugi means clean or holy and Jawa means outside. So, the meaning of Sugihan Jawa is a day to clean everything outside your body or in Hindu we call it Bhuana Agung. In this day, people in Bali will do a celebration called Mererebu or Mererebon. This celebration held to neutralize every negative thing outside our body symbolized by cleaning our family temple and our home. About the offering, people will give some offerings according to their ability. Usually, in the temple area, people would make Grilled Pork. After the ceremony finished, the grilled pork will be distributed to all of the villager. Sugihan Jawa celebrated every Thursday Wage wuku Sungsang. 

Sugihan Bali

Sugihan Bali means that the purification or cleaning inside your body or Hindu call it Bhuana Alit. The procedure of the celebration is bathing, clean your physical body, and beg for Tirta Gocara (holy water) to the Sulinggih as a cleansing symbolic of the soul to welcome the big day, Galungan. Sugihan Bali celebrated every Friday Kliwon wuku Sungsang. 

Penyekeban Day

Penyekeban day means to keep our five sense or in Hindu we call it “nyekeb indriya”. Do not do things that are not allowed by religion. The Penyekeban day celebrated every Sunday Pahing wuku Dungulan.

Penyajahan Day

Penyajahan comes from word Saja that in Balinese means true and serious. Penyajahan day has a philosophy to solidify yourself in order to celebrate Galungan. According to our belief, on this day, people will be seduced by the Sang Bhuta Dungulan to test the extent of your self-control to step closer towards the Galungan day. This day celebrated every Monday Pon wuku Dungulan. 

Penampahan Day

The day before the big day, Galungan, in Tuesday Wage wuku Dungulan, we celebrate Penampahan day. On this day, Hindu people will be busy making all the stuff that will be needed on the next day. The man will make penjor and lawar. Penjor is a thing that made from bamboo and we will decorate it with fruits and Balinese snacks according to the rules. It is a symbolized of a dragon upside down. It made as an expression of gratitude to the God Almighty for all the grace. Not only Penjor, we will also make Lawar. Lawar is made from pork that with the traditional Balinese seasoning called “base genep”. Before we could make lawar, of course we have to kill the pig first and that is a symbolic to kill all of your animalistic lust inside your body or your soul. Hindu in Bali believe that on the day of Penampahan, our ancestors would come to our house, that is why we have to make a special offering consist of rice, side dishes, dessert, fruit, coffe, water, lekesan (it is a betel leaf with areca nut inside) or smoke. We will also make all of the offerings that we will bring to the temple in our village for the next day.

Galungan Day

In the morning, people will start this big day from praying at home and also the temple on the home area. The most famous tradition that we will find is there will be many Hindu people come to their village for praying especially people who work outside their village or even abroad. For people who have family members who are still buried, then they have to bring a special offering to the graveyard. There will be many celebration in every village in Bali. you will see many canangs, fruits, and people gathered on the one place. We will walk from temple to temple and on the edge of the road will be decorated with the beautiful penjor. It is such a really great time with a family atmosphere spread along. 

Umanis Galungan

On Umanis Galungan, we will pray again at home and continued with visiting our relatives or recreation area. We will be gathered in our old house with the big family. We will talk to each other or we will go to the recreation place and you have to be aware that all the recreation place in Bali will be crowded in this day. 

That is what Hindu people do to celebrate Galungan day from the beginning until the end. One thing that I have to emphasize is every village in Bali has their own way to celebrate this big day according to their own belief. Well, you will find many unique ceremony in each village not only in Galungan. That is why you have to visit Bali!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tradition in Bali, Nyepi.

Nyepi is a holy day for Hindu people in Bali, celebrated every new year of Saka. It is celebrated on Tilem Kesanga which is believed to be the day of purification of the god which is located in the center of the ocean that brings the essence of eternity living water. 

Nyepi is derived from the word silent. Nyepi actually is the Hindu New Year Celebration based on calendar Caka which is started from 78 Masehi. Caka New Year in Bali begin with meditating. There is no activity as usual. All activities are halted, including public services such as any international airport will close but not the hospital. 

The main purpose of Nyepi tradition is begging to the God, to purify Bhuana Alit (the human) and Bhuana Agung (the universe). Before people in Bali celebrate Nyepi, there are several stages that they have to do. 


Three of two days before they celebrate Nyepi, Hindu people will do a purification with Melasti ceremony or some people call it Melis. On that day, every objects that they usually use for praying in the temple will be taken to the beach or lake because beach or lake is the source of holy water (people in Bali call it Tirta Amerta) and can purify all dirty things (people in Bali call it Leteh) inside your body and nature. 

Tawur (Pecaruan) 

The day before Nyepi, we call it “Tilem Sasih Kesanga”, Hindu people will celebrate Buta Yadnya ceremony in every level of society start from family, banjar, village, and so on by taking one type of caru (a kind of sacrificial offerings) according to their ability. There are several parts of Buta Yadnya, it called Panca Sata, Panca Sanak, and Tawur Agung (the biggest one). Tawur or Pecaruan itself is a purification of Buta Kala, all the dirty things (leteh). Caru that held in each home consisting of Nasi Panca Warna (five different color) in nine package and side dishes such as Ayam Brumbun with arak or tuak. Buta Yadnya is addressed to King of Buta, Buta Kala, and Bhatara Kala and hope they will not disturb us on the Nyepi day. 
See Also : The Unique Funeral Tradition in Bali, Trunyan Village
Not only Pecaruan, we also celebrate Pengerupukan. Hindu people will spread Nasi Tawur, go around the house with torches and mesui (it is kind of bark of a special tree), hitting any objects to make noisy sounds. The purpose of this step is to chase away Buta Kala from our home.

The Main Day, Nyepi 

The day after, it is Pinanggal Pisan, Sasih Kadasa (the first date in 10th month) came the real Nyepi day. In this day, the atmosphere become dead. There will not flurry of activity as usual. There is no one can do their activity include Ngurah Rai International Airport, hotels in Bali, Gilimanuk harbor, malls and all of them. Hindu people will do “Catur Brata” Penyepian. It consists of Amati Geni (no fire), Amati Karya (not working), Amati Lelungan (not travelling), Amati Lelanguan (not listening to any entertainment). To start the Caka new year, the base Catur Brata Penyepian is a must to be used. All we do is start from nothing, pure and clean. Everyone will learn to do Brata (curbing the lust), Yoga (linking your soul with God), Tapa (exercise endurance of suffering), and Meditation (become one to the God). All of it becomes a must for Hindu to have inner readiness to confront any challenge of life in the new year. 

The Day After Nyepi, Ngembak Geni 

The last series of Caka New Year celebration is Ngembak Geni which is fell on “Pinanggal Ping Sasih” (the second date in 10th month). On this day, Caka New Year enters the second day. Hindu people will do Dharma Shanti with their big family and neighbors, say thank you and forgive each other to begin a new year with clean mind and body. 

The History of Nyepi Day 

We all know that Hindu originated from India with the scripture Weda. In the early centuries, India and the surrounding area was always experienced social conflicts and crises. A long dispute finally finished under the Raja Kaniskha I government and inheritable to his son Caka in the first day after the dead moon, the first month. The first day in Caka new year. From that we know that this celebration because of the success of King Kaniskha I who unify the nation that had been in a conflict with the religious doctrine of mutually different. Since that, defined the existence of date of the Caka year which is also have 12 months and the first month called Caitramasa and since that the state, society and religion in India reorganized. Therefore, the celebration of Caka New Year means the day of resurrection, renewal, unity, tolerance, and peace. This success spread to Asia including Indonesia.

The Famous Tradition to Celebrate Nyepi in Bali

Ogoh-ogoh Festival

Ogoh-ogoh festival usually held the day before Nyepi, or we call it Pengerupukan. Ogoh-ogoh is a Balinese cultural artistry that depicting the character of Bhuta Kala. In Hindu Dharma, Bhuta Kala (the bad figure) is a power of the universe and the eternal time. In this case, we will see statue as the embodiment of Bhuta Kala and we call it Rakshasa. Instead of Rakhsasa, Ogoh-ogoh also describe the form of creatures that live in Mayapada, Syurga, and Neraka such as dragon, elephant, and angel. Ogoh-ogoh is the symbolic of human oversight to the power of universe and the eternal time. These powers include the power of Bhuana Agung (nature) and Bhuana Alit (human). In Tattwa or philosophy, the strength can deliver living things especially human and everything all over the world to happiness or destruction. All of this is dependent on the human intensions, as the noblest creatures of God in keeping yourself and the whole world. Local people believe that we have to do this tradition before Nyepi because we will let the bad power go around us, we will take them around our place like a festival, but after we do that, we have to burnt them out to make peace for the day after, Nyepi, and hope that they will not disturb us. Some people also believe if we did not burn them, the Ogoh-ogoh will become alive and be a destroyer for our village.

You can find Ogoh-ogoh in every village in Bali, but the big festival usually held in Denpasar, Kuta, Ubung, Padang Sambian, etc.

Omed-Omedan Festival

Bali has a unique and funny tradition called Omed-omedan. If you watch this tradition, believe me it will make you smile as wide as you can. Probably some of you have heard this tradition. Yes, you can come and see many teenagers in Bali hugging and kissing. But do not think this tradition is a bad thing, Omed-omedan is not an event with lustful. From this tradition, we can learn the meaning of togetherness and family. Omed-omedan tradition usually held the day after Nyepi, or we call it Ngembak Geni. Omed-omedan means pulling each other. You can find this tradition at Sesetan Village, Denpasar, Bali. Teenagers in age 17-30 in the village, who unmarried will participate in this event. The core of the event is hug, kiss, and pull. They will keep doing that until all of the teenager have their turn.

Omed-omedan tradition aims to strengthen the sense of Asah (equality), Asih (love each other), Asuh (nurturing), particularly in Banjar Kaja, Sesetan Village. Before the main event, they will pray together in the temple. Then, you will see attraction from Barong Bangkung, male and female. Once completed, the participant group entered the court of the temple. There are two groups in Omed-omedan, female group and male group. Their position has to be facing each other. The leader will give the sign to begin the event and they can approach each other. They will hug each other, kiss each other, and then pulling each other.

This tradition comes from the citizen of Puri Oka Kingdom that located in the South of Denpasar. The villager made a game of pulling each other. Sooner or later, the game become more interesting, so it turned into embracing each other. But, because the atmosphere become so crowded, the King of Puri Oka which was sick became angry by the noise. However, once the King came out and saw them, he recovered from his illness because of the tradition. Since that, the King ordered to do Omed-omedan tradition every year, the first fire or Ngembak Geni. The villager ever stopped doing this tradition but something strange happened. There were two pigs fighting each other in front of the temple. The villager felt scared because it cloud be a bad sign for the village. Since that, the villager keep doing Omed-omedan tradition every year until now.         

Saturday, March 11, 2017

10 Tourism Objects in Jembrana Bali

1. Perancak Beach

First of the list in Perancak Beach. Local people in Jembrana usually use this beach to held Sampan Dayung Competition. This traditional competition is usually done as a series of Indonesian Anniversary. In Perancak Beach, there is also a place for the preservation sea turtles called “Kurma Asih”, because the climate of the beach is suitable for the turtle. From various sources, there were local and foreign tourist who visit Perancak Beach reached almost 2.684 people per year. 
Perancak Beach
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2. Rambut Siwi Beach

Rambut Siwi Beach located in Yehembang Village, Mendoyo District is one of the famous places in Jembrana. In this beach, there is a holy temple called Rambut Siwi Temple. People who usually come for praying in there will automatically see the beautifulness of Rambut Siwi Beach. According to the local sources, there are 3.108 visitors came per year.

3. Palasari Dam

The next beautiful destination in Jembrana is Palasari Dam. Palasari Dam located in Palasari, Ekasari Village, Melaya District. This nature destination has become a beautiful place with large forest as the background. The atmosphere is really cool and shady. Noted there are about 3.467 visitors who come to this place annually.

4. Medewi Beach

Medewi Beach located in Medewi Village, Pekutatan District. It is about 72 kilometers from Denpasar. Medewi Beach is the right place for you who like surfing because of the long wave. You can also enjoy the beautiful sunset scene, so, after surfing you can relax your body while watching the sunset with your family or your beloved one.

5. Prehistoric Museum

Prehistoric Museum in Gilimanuk, Jembrana, Bali is a tourism object that you have to visit because of the uniqueness. Local people in there are also very kind to the visitor. In there you will see many ancient relics from prehistoric times and human skeleton. Visiting this museum could be refreshing and educating in the same time. This prehistoric museum also very suitable for educating children. Not just that, this is also a favorite place for researchers to dig up the information about life in the past. There are many collections from prehistoric era (perundagian) in 600 era until 800 era, such as jewelry made from stone, jar, bronze, jug, bowl, trowel, sarcophagus, and many more.
See Also : The Interesting Tourism Object in East Side of Bali

6. Gumbrih Water Park

Gumbrih Water Park located in Gumbrih Village, Pekutatan, Jembrana Regency, Bali. This is an interesting tourism object due to the combination of the beautiful Pangyangan River with green coconut along the river. The visitor can enjoy the river by “jukung” (it is a small bamboo boat) powered by machine that is driven by a professional local people. The distance is about two kilometers away with a stop point at the bridge which is the border of Pangyang and Gumbrih. While enjoying the beautiful scene, you can also see a variety of wildlife such as Kokoan Bird and Lizard. That unique things make this place become a spot of photography. Not just the river, you will find rice fields aside the road and bamboo forest. For you who like fishing, you can catch red snapper, shrimp and crab with your bare hand. You can also see the glimpse of the fish that swim near the surface of the water. 

7. Recreational Park Tirta Samudra Dlod Brawah

The development of Jembrana is mostly the beach. Therefore, the beach in Bumi Mekepung started to be managed and styled. One of the recreational park that already running and finished to the first stage is Tirta Samudra Dlod Brawah. It features a sea-water pool and claimed as the first sea-water pool in public places. The sea-water pool located aside the Dlod Brawah Beach, consist of an adult pool and a children pool which is a new alternative to visit. The pool facilities include place to rinse and take shower after playing in the sea-water pool.

8. West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park as a natural preservation area, can be utilized for education, research, recreation and support cultivation. The typical of the West Bali National Park is you can see Jalak Bali (Leucopsar rothschildi) that can live wildly on in West Bali National Park. Administratively, West Bali National Park located in Jembrana and Buleleng of Bali. 

Some types of vegetation is dominated by plants of the mangrove forest, it is Mangrove (Rhizophora SP). Savanna vegetation dominated by Borassus flaberier, rainforest, jungle season which is dominated by Acasia Leucophloea.

Some of the wild animals that can be observed in West Bali National Park are Jalak Bali (Leucospar rothschildi), Bull (Bos javanicus), Deer (Muntiacus muntjak), Mouse Deer (Tragulus javanicus), Jungle Cat (Felis bengalensis), Grey Ape (Macaca fascicularis), Black Ape (Presbytis criscata), White Starling (Stunus melanopterus), Terucuk (Pycnonotus goiavier), Kepodang (Oriolus chinensis), Shrimp (Halcyon chloris).

9. Bunut Bolong

Bunut Bolong located in Manggisari Village, Pekutatan, Jembrana. It is about 49 kilometers to the east from Negara Regency and about 86 kilometers from Denpasar City. Bunut Bolong is a big Bunut tree that grow above the highway. Bolong means a hole, so if you pass the highway you will see a big tree above you and you pass it through the hole. The interesting thing is along the highway, you will see many clove trees. There is also a temple called Bujangga Sakti for local Hindu people to pray.

10. Baluk Rening Beach

Baluk Rening Beach located in Baluk Village, Negara, Jembrana Regency. Visitors mostly come to this beach when weekend. Not only a tourism object, local people also believe that if you soak your body and burying your body in the sand, it can heal some diseases such as rheumatism. The wave in this beach is calm, so it is the best place for you to relax your body, let your children play without any worries, and enjoy the beautiful scene of Jembrana.

Well, if you come to Bali, at least you have to travel around Bali. Jembrana is a quite and not too crowded regency. For you who want to escape from the hustle of the city, you can definitely visit Jembrana.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

One of Bali Aga villages in Bali, Tenganan Village

Tenganan is a traditional village in Bali. The village located in Manggis, Karangasem Regency on the East side of Bali island. It will take about one and half hours to get there. Tenganan village is one of the three Bali Aga villages, beside Trunyan village and Sembiran village. Bali Aga is a village that still maintain their traditional culture, the governance refers to the traditional rules from their ancestors. Such as the building, the replacement of the building, the location of the temple was made by following the traditional rules.
Desa Adat Tenganan
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The History of Tenganan Village 

According to some version of history, word “Tenganan” come from word “ngatengahang” which mean “moving into the deeper place”. That word means the movement of the villagers from coastal area to the residential area in the middle of the hills, named Bukit Kauh (West Hill) and Bukit Kangin (East Hill). Another history said that the Tenganan people came from Peneges Village, Gianyar, that formerly named Bedahulu. The king of Bedahulu lost one of his horses and his soldier looked for it to the East. But the horse was found dead by Ki Patih Tunjung Biru, the King’s confidant. Because of his loyalty, Ki Patih Tunjung Biru obtain the authority to regukate an area that has a bad smell because of the dead horse. Ki Patih got a quite large area he cut the dead horse and threw it as far as he could do. And that area is the origin of Tenganan Village area. 

The Unique Things that You Could Find in Tenganan Village : 

The Marriage System 

Instead of an object tourism, Tenganan Village has many interesting uniqueness to see and be understood. From the social system in Tenganan Village, the villagers is purely a native villager. That is because of the marriage system. It is the parental system which is the women and men in the family, have same degree and the same right in the family. It is different from the other villages in Bali. Meanwhile, they also implemented the endogamy system. It means all of the villagers should obey the awig-awig (rules), that they have to get married with the other villagers from the Tenganan Village, and when they violated the rules, they have to get out from the Tenganan Village. 

Mekare-kare Tradition 

Another interesting yet unique thing is Mekare-kare Tradition of mostly known as Perang Pandan. Mekare-kare is the big part of procession called Ngusaba Sambah that held every June and lasts for 30 days. Every one month, Mekare-kare held for 2-4 times and they had to make offerings for their ancestors. Mekare-kare or Perang Pandan tradition held just for the men. Perang means war and Pandan means pandan leaves. The men used the pandan leaves that already cut about 30 cm as a weapon and a shield to deflect the attack from the rival and from the sharp thorn of the pandan leaves. The wounds that caused by the thorn would heal by the traditional medicine that made from turmeric, galangal, and other herbs. 

Double Ikat Gringsing 

There is one unique thing that only exist in Tenganan Village, and the only one in Indonesia. It is Double Ikat Gringsing. “Gringsing” derived from word “gering” that means disaster, and “sing” means not. So Gringsing means a thing to avoid disaster. The process in making Gringsing is really unique because it takes quite long time to make it (until three years). That is why Gringsing is a rare thing, difficult to find and also it is pretty expensive. Gringsing is a must have thing for the villagers in Tenganan Village because it is a part of every tradition, such as Ngaben and Potong Gigi. Many people said that Gringsing made from human blood and that is the reason why red dominating the colour of Gringsing. But the fact is it made from the juices of certain wood and hazelnut seeds that are mixed to dye the Gringsing. 

The people in Tenganan Village hold the concept of Tri Hita Karana (the concept of teaching in Hindu) and apply this in their daily life. Tri means three and Hita Karana means cause happiness to achieve balance and harmony. Tri Hita Karana consist of Parahyangan (a balance relationship between human and God), Pawongan (harmonious relationship among human), and Palemahan (harmonious relationship between human and nature).

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Cleanest Village in Bali, Penglipuran Village.

Penglipuran is one of the traditional villages in Bali, which is located in Kelurahan Kubu, Bangli. It will take about 1 hour 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The History of Penglipuran Village

According to the local people in the village, word “Penglipuran” taken from word “Pengeling Pura” which is mean memory of the ancestors. The local people in Penglipuran village are very respect with their ancestors. The characteristic of the village is the traditional architecture which have same shape especially the roof and also the placement of the room. The function is to make the relationship between the villager closer, not only between the locals but also become closer with nature.
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In General

This village had been awarded the Kalpataru by the government. Kalpataru itself is an award that given for individual or group for the contribution in preserving the environment in Indonesia. Instead of Kalpataru, Penglipuran village also received a tittle as an official tourist destination by the Bangli District Government in 1955. Since that, many tourists come to the village. In Penglipuran village, the villager always care to each other, kind, and work together, that atmosphere makes who come to the village feel really comfortable. The uniqueness of the village is, the villager always keep their village clean, that is why this village become the cleanest village in Bali and also one of the cleanest village in the world. The North side of the village, there is Penataran Temple and the location in higher than the other building.

The interesting things that you will find in Penglipuran Village :

The Rules

Instead of being respectful of each other, this village also really respect the women. There are rules that forbids men to marry more than one woman or polygamy. If a man caught doing that, he would be ostracized by the villager. This village also has a rule for thief. If they were caught, they have to make offerings that contain five chickens in different colour in four temples of their ancestors. In this way, all the villagers will know who is stealing and of course the thieves will feel shame of what they have done. That is the general information about Penglipuran village.


In Penglipuran village there is one special dance, Baris Dance. Baris Dance rarely displayed and only presented when the sacred ceremony held in the village. The dance will be accompanied by sacred gamelan and played by Sekaa Gong Gede Desa Adat Penglipuran (it is a special group for playing the gamelan).

Ngaben Ceremony

Actually the funeral tradition in Penglipuran is same like the other village in Bali, but the difference here is if most of the village burnt the corps, in Penglipuran they buried the corps. According to our analyzed, this tradition is for a respect and also a way to decrease the bad possibilities because the area of Penglipuran is near by the mountain area, far from the sea. As we know, the ashes that have been burnt should be discarded into the ocean, and in Balinese tradition keeping the corps is a forbidden thing so the best solution is buried.

What you can find in Penglipuran Village?

Tugu Pahlawan (Hero Monument)

This monument was built in 1959 to commemorate the Revolutionary War in Bangli that led by Captain Anak Agung Anom Muditha which is located on the southern area of Penglipuran village. The monument is about 1.5 hectares with Balinese style building with a hall called Cura Yudha, it is a place for certain activities and also the parking area. Tugu Pahlawan in Penglipuran become a symbol of Captain Anak Agung Anom Muditha that fall against the Dutch on 20th November 1947. The entire monument is manage by the local people of the village.

Bamboo Forest

The area of the village is about 112 hectares, and 40% of the village is a bamboo forest. The village inhabited by about 226 families who mostly work as farmers, artisan’s bamboo, and animal husbandry. The bamboo area is really large, but not all the villager can cut down the bamboo. They have to ask for the permission from the head of the village. Every six months, they will cut the bamboo and the plant the new one. Usually they cut the old bamboo and use it for the benefit of the village such as to build some temples, the roof of the houses, to build bale banjar (it is a place to gather in Bali).

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Unique Funeral Tradition in Bali, Trunyan Village

Bali has many destinations that always has a different uniqueness from the other tourist destinations. One of the famous tourist destination because of its uniqueness is Trunyan Bangli. Why? Not because of the place, but because the funeral tradition for people who have died there. In general, a funeral in Bali was implemented by the way of burial and burning (cremation), and also must be held a “pengabenan” ceremony.

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But it is different from another villages. The village touted as the oldest village in Bali. It is carrying out the funeral only to put the corpse in a special place called “Sema Wayah”. Although there are many corpses were laid out just like that, you will not feel any bad odor. This might look unusual, but that is the reality. Trunyan village located on the west side of Batur Lake and close to the Mount Batur. Trunyan village has been recognized by domestic tourists and foreign countries as a unique tourist destination in Bali.

To get to the “Sema Wayah”, the funeral place in Trunyan village, there are 2 ways. First track is a land route and the second is by the lake. If by land, it will take about 45 minutes to pass through the Penelokan village. If you want to go through the lake, there are also two ways more. Through the Trunyan village that will take about 15 minutes or you can go from Kedisan dock and will take about 45 minutes. But we recommend you to take the lake way from Trunyan village. It is easy for you who want to get there. You can rent a boat in Kedisan Dock, Batur Lake to go to the Trunyan Village.

When you arrived at “Sema Wayah”, you will see two temples which contain rows of skulls and a place to put coins for tourists. There is a huge tree called “Taru Menyan”.

Additionally, Trunyan Village has some interesting facts that you have to know before you visit Trunyan.

1. “Trunyan” is a name of a funeral.

Apparently, Trunyan is a unique funeral name in Trunyan Village. Generally a funeral always about coffin or shroud. But, it is different in Trunyan Village. Someone who died there were just left lying on the ground, and the family just need to make a simple fence from bamboo and offerings next to the corpse.

2. The human corpse who buried there are not smelly.

Logically, the corpse that buried in the open are and placed just like that will cause a bad odor, but in Trunyan Village is different and you will not be bothered by any smell. Why? It is because there is a Trunyan tree. It is a big tree stand in the middle of the funeral area. Trunyan derived from the word Taru Menyan, which is in local language “Taru” means tree and “Menyan” means fragrant. So Taru Menyan means a fragrant tree.

3. Trunyan Tree believed that has been thousand years old.

Apparently, the Trunyan Tree predicted has been thousand years old, but surprisingly, the size of the tree has not changed much. The cemetery located under the tree and the local people believe this tree could omit the stench of corpses that were buried there. So far, no research can reveal how this tree can absorb the smell of the dead body who are buried there. According to the story around the local people, in the past, the villager confused because suddenly a pungent fragrant appeared in the village and caused a cold. Then the villager found out the pungent fragrant, and it caused by the Trunyan Tree. The villager decided to neutralizing the fragrant will something smelly. That is why, the area around the tree become a funeral.

4. There are some provisions to be buried here.

Local people in there have their own terms of the cemetery, where the number of the corpses under the Trunyan Tree should not be more than 11 bodies. And also, the bodies which can placed here are those who died because of natural causes and never married. For the corpses that already become bones will be gathered with the other near the roots of the tree, so that place can be used for a new body. Another uniqueness, the corpses will be covered with “ancak”, it is a bamboo cage.

5. There is “Sema Bantas”, a funeral for those who died in the strange way.

The meaning of the strange way here is, like someone who died in the accident, suicide, of murder. The corpse cannot be placed near the Trunyan Tree, there is another place called “Sema Batas”. It is a special place for those who died in the strange way.

6. “Sema Muda” is a place for baby and children’s funeral.

Instead of “Sema Bantas”, there is also “Sema Muda”. It is a funeral for babies, children and adults who died but not married yet. The funeral places have been distinguished in accordance with the rules in Trunyan Village.

So, there are some unique facts about Trunyan Village. This village will give you unforgettable experience. You have to come to the Trunyan Village!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

10 Objects and Cultural Destinations in Singaraja Bali

In North Bali, there are many object tourisms that you have to visit. As well as natural tourism, historical tourism, marine tourism, and educational tourism. Here is the 10 favorite objects in Buleleng Regency.

The Grave of Jaya Prana and Layon Sari

The Grave of Jaya Prana and Layon Sari
The Grave of Jaya Prana and Layon Sari
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The Grave located in the forest area Teluk Terima, Sumber Klampok Village, Grokgak, Singaraja. It is about 67 kilometers from the city. This grave is a building of romantic but also tragic story of Jaya Prana and Layon Sari in the Wanakeling Kalianget Kingdom. The beauty of Layon Sari caused the king fell in love and with his power, he killed Jaya Prana. Layon Sari decided to kill herself and follow her husband because she didn’t want to marry the king. Every full moon, and the other holy days many people come to the grave and pray. 

Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island
Menjangan island
Menjangan Island located in Sumber Klampok Village, Grokgak, Singaraja. It is about 76 kilometers from the city. The island is a small island without any population with 175 hectares. If you come to the Menjangan Island you will see many corals, volcanic rocks, and black volcanic soils. Around the island, you can do water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving. To get to the Menjangan Island, you have to go by boat, it is about 30 minutes from Labuhan Lalang.
See also : 10 Object Tourism in Ubud Which You Have to Visit

Gebug Ende

Gebug Ende
Gebug Ende
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Located in the Patas Village, Grokgak, Singaraja. It is about 40 kilometers from the city. It is a dance with self-defense movement (like Pencak Silat) and using equipment named Tamiang (as a shield) made of cow-hide and a bat made of rattan. It is like a war, one by one, and you hitting each other. Commonly held in the long dry season around October. This dance is used to beg for a rain and means to prevent diseases. 

Sampi Gerumbungan

Sampi Gerumbungan
Sampi Gerumbungan
It is a traditional art ceremony and combined with sports activities which commonly held in August on the field of Kaliasem Lovina Village. It is about 11 kilometers from Singaraja City. This tradition has been held since past highly favored by farmers. Gerumbungan is a big bell (in Bali we call it Genta) that hung on the neck of a bull. A couple of cow that already trained will be connected in their neck by a traditional tool from wood named “uga”. This tradition is about gratitude after the harvest season. 

Gedong Kirtya

Gedung Kirtya
Gedung Kirtya
Gedung Kirtya located in Seni Sasana Budaya Singaraja Temple. It is in Veteran Street no 23 Singaraja. It is a museum save ‘lontar’, and the only lontar museum in Indonesia even in the world that still save 400 lotar stored in a wooden box. In the museum, there is a collection and handwritten copies of the text about Balinese literature, myth, medicine, mantra, religious literature, and many more. There is also a lontar contain images like comic called ‘prasi’. If you like something unique from Bali, then you have to come here!
See Also: 10 Beautiful Waterfalls that You Can Find in Bali

Air Sanih

Air Sanih
Air Sanih located in Sanih Village, Kubutambahan. It is about 17 kilometers from Singaraja City. It is a nature swimming pool with springs that appear endlessly on the southeast corner of the pool. Many people said the water come from hundreds of kilometers flowing under the ground from Batur, that’s why the water feels very fresh. Every holiday, many local people will come here to spend their time with family or friends, you will find it crowded. There are two swimming pools, for adults and children.

Pelabuhan Buleleng (Buleleng Harbor)

Pelabuhan Buleleng
Pelabuhan Buleleng
Pelabuhan Buleleng is the main entrance of the business area in the Bali Island. So Pelabuhan Buleleng is specially for deliver animals such as cows, pigs, and various plantation that are exported to Singapore and many regions in Indonesia. If you come here, you will see the beautiful view of the ocean, and don’t worry if you feel hungry, because there are many restaurants with the unique concept and also small restaurants from local people that sells traditional Balinese foods. Not just that, this destination is the place for you who want to spend time with family, best friend, and the one you love. You can take pictures, fishing, and the other activities. 

Air Panas Banjar

Air Panas Banjar
Air Panas Banjar is an object in Singaraja for you who love to submerged your body in a hot water that very relaxing. In this place, you will feel the freshness of the mountain around the object. This object tourism is a relic of the colonial era of Japan which is continue by the government as a destination. Air Panas Banjar is a hot water pool located around the Singaraja City which is must be traveled about 24 kilometers from the west of Singaraja. 

Taman Nasional Bali Barat

Taman Nasional Bali Barat
Taman Nasional Bali Barat
Taman Nasional Bali Barat known as TNBB has many different types of wild flora and fauna that grow in Bali. There are several flora and fauna listed endangered status and also highly protected by the government. This object tourism is a large area, about 19002.89 hectare which houses a variety of animals and flowers which is become an important asset of the National Park. Taman Nasional Bali Barat is not far from Singaraja City or it is located in the west area of Singaraja. 

Dalem Jagaraga Temple

Dalem Jagaraga Temple
Dalem Jagaraga Temple
Dalem JagaragaTemple located in Jagaraga Village, Sawan Singaraja. It is about 11 kilometers from Singaraja City. The village know as ‘Puputan Jagaraga’ which is means war till the end of your life in 1848 commanded by I Gusti Ketut Jelantik. This temple has uniqueness that you can’t find in the other temple. In the area of the temple there is an old relief of a car driven by armed people, relief of crashed plane, relief of the Dutch drinking beer, and also the statue of Men Brayut (folklore Bali).

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bali Tradition : Ngamedalang Tradition

Process TradtionIn the old village called Bulian Village, Kubutambahan Sub-district, Singaraja Regency there is a big tradition called “Ngamedalang”. The purpose of this tradition is to organize the villagers in nation way because the king at that time have a duty to create a harmonic, safe, and peace life. People in Bulian already celebrate this tradition from thousand years ago. 
 First, on the 11th day, people in Bulian Village will do a celebration called “Piodalan Purnamaning Kapat” in Kahyangan Desa. Everyday from the 11th day, there is a celebration called “Bhakti Penglantur”. This celebration is a symbolize as a characteristic from the tradition so the celebration will success until the the end.

Second, the election of the children. Something that very unique from this tradition is, one of the steps in choosing 4 lucky children for the celebration. First of all, the older will choose 11 children which is the children must be clean inside out, no mark, not sick, and under 12 years old. Then the older will give them “kuangen”. Balinese people use “kuangen” for pray. They will pray with that and then after praying there will be 4 “kuangen” that change and will appeared letters on that, it means God choose them. Children who get that letters will participate the celebration and be one of the most important parts. After the election, they will stay for 11 days in Banua Temple. Villagers will make a special place for them to sleep, eat, and anything. They can not go home along the quarantine. There are 20 villagers everyday who will be there for them. 

On the 3rd day, there is a celebration called “Ngamedalang Ampilan Sesuunan”. At night, the older will guide “Ida Ratu Hyang Pingit” to her place and before that villagers already clean the place. The place here means a special place for God.

The 2nd day in the morning, all the people in Bulian Village do a celebration called “Bhakti Pengajum” before go to the beach. We bring something that symbolize the God called “Sarad” to the beach on foot, no motorcycle and pray there until 3 p.m. and then back again to the Banua Temple. In the middle of the night Ida Ratu Hyang Pingit back to her place. The next day, the big day, people in Bulian celebrate “Ngamedalang” tradition without Ida Ratu Hyang Pingit.

This tradition celebrated every five years. The greatest part of this tradition if you want to see is when the big day, in the middle of the night at Banua Temple, you will see many offerings, the 4 lucky children, Balinese dances, gamelan, and also the symbolize of the God called “Sarad”.

If the villagers doesn’t celebrate this tradition, it means they break the rule as a follower of the Ida Ratu Hyang Pingit and there will be a disaster in the village. 
Process of TraditionProcess of Ngemedalang

Friday, November 4, 2016

Bali Tradition : Ngerebed

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Ngerebeg is a traditional culture in Kemenuh Village, Sukawati Sub-district, Gianyar Regency. People in there called this culture “Ngerebeg” or “Ngedeblag”. Even it has different meaning but it has a relation. The word “Ngrebeg” has meaning “drop” and the word “Ngedeblag” has meaning “aware”. So it means we try to drop misfortune or anything about bad things and we aware with everything that will happen now and in the future. It can happen now or in the future but to prevent that, we drop it by some noises. It is celebrated on Kajang Kliwon Sasih Kalima, because the older believe on that time there are many threats. 


People in Kemenuh Village celebrate this tradition every year. This tradition is interesting because they will block the road. The men will only wear “sarung” and they will paint their body with unique pattern. The woman will wear traditional costume and carry the offerings. They make some noises along the road by gamelan and they also use “kulkul”. The most important thing from this culture is offering. The offering is purposed to Ratu Gede and another Sesuhunan. When the Ratu Gede pass our house, we should pray and escort it while make some noises with the instrument. This tradition still celebrate until now because people in there believe, if they do not celebrate it their village will not safe, disaster will happen, and many bad things. Very unique, isn’t it ? if you want to watch this unique tradition, you have to come to Kemenuh Village. “Ngrebeg” celebrate in two until three hours only start from 3 p.m. 

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