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Unique temple has car-shaped shrine  

Nusa PenidaPaluang Temple in Nusa Penida, Klungkung, has a unique feature. Two of the shrines in the temple are shaped like cars, one a VW Beetle, the other a JEEP.   Paluang Temple's priest, Jro Mangku Sutawan, said that he does not know the exact history of the Paluang Temple but added that local residents believe that Ida Ratu Gede Sakti Hyang Mame dwells in the temple with the four-wheeled car-like vehicles. Moreover, every piodalan or temple anniversary, some of the supporting devotees fall into trance and request a car-shaped shrine to be made.

 
 

Poleng and Rejuna Hibiscus

Poleng and Rejuna Hibiscus 1After ngurek or self-stabbing process, the priest performed meider bhuwana process. At that time was presented the Poleng Kesiman Dance, a kind of sacred dance that in the past was believed to be reliable soldiers owned by the King of Kesiman. It was also performed the Poleng Kesiman Dance held by the temple priests.

 
 

Ngerebong, a Unique Tradition of Kesiman Village

Ngerebong a Unique Tradition of Kesiman Village 1KESIMAN village is still known to be very strong with the royal era. This customary village covering the Kesiman Petilan, Kesiman Kertalangu and Kesiman is known to have dozens of interrelated temples. The Kesiman Petilan alone has about 40 temples. Its villagers are known to strongly uphold their customs.

 
 

Mystery of Four Entrances at Mount Raung Temple

Mystery of Four Entrances at Mount Raung Temple   1The existence of Mount Raung Temple at Taro village is inseparable from Dang Hyang Markandeya, an ancient sage coming to Bali from Mount Raung Ashram, East Java. In his pilgrimage to Bali, he founded Basukian Temple as the earliest temple at Besakih. Afterwards, Dang Hyang Markandeya dwelt at the ashram at Taro which later on became the forerunner to the establishment of the Mount Raung Temple, explained Made Wisersa, 63, chief of Taro Kaja customary village.

 
 

Ngerebong, a stabbing tradition at Kesiman Customary Village

Ngerebong a stabbing tradition at Kesiman Customary VillageNgerebong has become a tradition for the Kesiman customary village, Denpasar. A unique ritual called ngurek (stabbing kris dagger in the chest) is performed on the piodalan or anniversary of the Pangerebongan Temple falling every 210 days on Redite Pon Medangsia, Sunday (August 2) or eight days after Kuningan celebration.

 
 

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