7 - 8 June 2018 | 14:00 - Finish
Balai Pertemuan Desa Tenganan, Desa Tenganan, Kecamatan Manggis, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali.
Organized By : Dinas Pariwisata Provinsi Bali
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Mekare-kare tradition or pandan leaves war only exists in Tenganan Village, Karangasem, Bali. This village is an ancient village in Bali or also known as Bali Aga village aka indigenous Balinese who are not influenced by outside cultures, especially when the influence of the Majapahit Kingdom came into the island.
The people of Tenganan embrace Hinduism like the majority of other Balinese, but they have a slightly different understanding compared to other Balinese Hindus. They do not know caste or social stratum and believe that God Indra is the supreme deity. According to local legend, the village of Tenganan is believed to be a gift from that god of war. Whereas the other Balinese Hindus believe in three supreme gods, namely Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
In honour of the god of war, the villagers hold a tradition of Mekare-kare. The women wear typical Tenganan clothing with Pegringsingan woven fabric, while the men dress in traditional Madyan clothing (sarong, scarf, headband) and bare-chested.
The war tool used is a bunch of prickly pandan leaves as a mace and a rattan shield. This war is participated by all men in the village who have reached adolescence. During the war, they battle one on one. And after the procession, scratches are treated with traditional herbs that are known to heal wounds. There is no grudge between them after the match. Mekare-kare is an offering ceremony that is done sincerely.
The ceremony of Mekare-kare lasts for 2 days and begins around 2pm.
Posted on 4 April 2018