Thousands of children and teenagers in horrific attires and facial makeup surrounded the village while screaming all the way on Wednesday (May 1). They went around the village to carry out ngerebeg tradition, ahead of piodalan or temple anniversary in the Duur Bingin Temple at Tegallantang customary village, Gianyar. Ngerebeg ritual symbolizes the presence of spirits or wong samar within the human self to be further neutralized so that the bad natures will disappear.
It is a tradition passed down through generations. Aside from children and teenagers dressed in strange clothing with facial make up looking too scary, they also carried an ornament made from young coconut leaf. The supporting devotees of Duur Bingin Temple also believed if the ritual was not performed they worried that a disaster would hit the local village. When surrounding the village, every participant would present the offerings in each temple and cemetery passed through. At that time, the bad nature would be neutralized by degrees. Having arrived back in the temple, they were expected to have purified their mind so that the ritual could have been performed in good faith and sincerity.
According to the priest of the Duur Bingin Temple accompanied by local chief of customary village, Pande Wayan Karsa, the ngerebeg ritual was believed to have significance as an attempt to neutralize the negative nature of human (sadripu) ahead of the ceremony held in the Duur Bingin Temple. Horrific ornaments in use represented bad nature in human beings.
Six enemies (sadripu) within human self that should be neutralized were represented by facial ornaments and mask produced by the participants. For instance, Kama or uncontrolled lust of the participant was expressed with the appearance of people in early pregnancy. In essence, the lust should be controlled, so as not to destroy the human self and did not bother anyone else.
The ritual was commenced by presenting the offerings in the form of pica gede and pica alit to all the participants in the outermost courtyard of the Duur Bingin Temple. Furthermore, they would convoy throughout the village. When surrounding the village, every participant would put the offerings in every temple and cemetery passed through. Having arrived back in the temple, their mind was expected to have been purified so that the ritual could have been performed sincerely. (BTN/kmb)