MUNGGU village in Mengwi subdistrict has a unique tradition named makotek. Such cultural activity was held in conjunction with the celebration of Kuningan feast day, Saturday (Apr 6). Every implementation of this tradition, Munggu village drew the attention of neighboring residents. Makotek tradition made the atmosphere of Kuningan at Munggu different from the other regions.
Hundreds of people carried pulet sticks with the length of about 3.5 meters. They came down to the road and then piled it into a mound. Afterward, it was competed with the other stick mound belonging to their opponent. When forming a mound, they generated crack sound due to collision.
Before starting this attraction, all participants did worship together in the local Village Temple. After being sprinkled with holy water, all the residents were in action. Each held the wooden stick and then combined them to form a cone. In the same way, the other group also formed similar wooden mound and was then pitted against the other.
Participants denoting the local youths were trying to climb on the wooden stick mountain carried by hundreds of residents. Many of the participants fell from the end of the timber. The youth succeeding to climb was just like the commander and he kept encouraging his friends to cheer. Though being slightly hazardous, the tradition was still considered to bring in fun.
Everyone can join it without limitation of the age, children to adults were allowed to come down with a timber. “This tradition is an ancestral heritage held every Kuningan feast day. It aims at looking for safety and driving out evil spirits,” said Chief of Munggu customary village, I Ketut Kormi.
Ketut Kormi explained that makotek tradition also had something to do with the Dutch colonial period. At that time, according to story, the entire residents of Munggu went out of the house with a spear to fight. Uniquely, it was in conjunction with the celebration of Kuningan feast day, so that people commemorated it by organizing the makotek tradition.
However, if residents brought along a spear in the past, it was then replaced with a pulet stick. Since then, the makotek tradition was carried out to the recall the moment. Such tradition was supported by 12 hamlets in Munggu village. “When the tradition is played, it always draws many visitors. Even, foreign tourists are enthusiastically watching the tradition,” he said. (BTN/015)
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