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Keris as the Symbol of Life

Keris as the Symbol of LifeAlthough today is no longer the royal era, many people still collect kris dagger. Its function is clear and no longer as it used to. It is no longer a symbol of social status or weapon to defend one’s self or fight in the war, but tends to become a symbol of cultural property, religion or may become an investment. It is not surprising if the prominence of dagger is now rising. It is certainly encouraging. After all, a kris dagger is a symbol of cultural life of the community of our ancestors. It may not be forgotten, but should be preserved.

 
 

Tawur Kesanga at Central Intersection of Mengwi

Tawur Kesanga at Central Intersection of MengwiThe government of Badung held a Tawur Kesanga ceremony at the catus pata or central intersection (zero point of Badung), at Mengwi customary village, Mengwi subdistrict, Friday (Mar. 20). This time the Tawur Agung Kesanga took the main option by using kebo dius merana. The ritual was officiated over by Tri Sadaka namely the Shivaite priest Ida Pedanda Ngurah Putra Keniten from Griya Kediri Sangeh, Ida Pedanda Buda Bukit Putra from Griya Panti Denpasar and Ida Rishi Bujangga from Griya Sempidi.

 
 

Sanggah Cukcuk

sanggah cucukSanggah cucuk is the triangle shaped sanggah made from bamboo. It has the meaning as
“pemucuk” or the start of human life. It also the symbol of self purifying so it is placed many offerings. Sanggah cucuk usually present during “mecaru” and other holy day of the Hindu. During Galungan, Sanggah Cukcuk is placed next to the penjor.

 
 

Tumpek Krulut

Valentine’s Day of Balinese Gamelan Arts

Tumpek-Krulut-Valentines-Day-of-Balinese-Gamelan-ArtsHindu community in Bali will celebrate a sacred festival known as the Tumpek Krulut on Saturday (Jan 31). This holyday is the embodiment of love for the gamelan instrument in Bali. The term Tumpek Krulut is derived from the name of wuku (seven-day week based on Balinese calendar), Krulut or lulut which means intertwinement.

Deputy Dean doubling as lecturer at the State Hindu Dharma Institute (IHDN) of Denpasar, Dr. I Made Surada, said that Tumpek Krulut was a holy day for worshiping God in his manifestation as Lord Ishvara. He was the god of the art being identical to sacred sounds, musical instrument that gave rise to a wonderful sense. “Tumpek Krulut is moment to express gratitude to him,” said Surada.

 
 

Tumpek Krulut

Celebration of Gamelan to Invoke Divine Vibration

Tumpek Krulut Celebration of Gamelan to Invoke Divine VibrationHindu community in Bali has a special way to honor the gamelan musical instrument. It is carried out by holding otonan ceremony on the Tumpek Krulut falling on Saniscara (Saturday) Kliwon Krulut. It is conducted every six months or 210 days. People who have gamelan, the artists and gamelan art troupes are required to implement this ceremony.

Dr. I Gede Arya Sugiarta, Rector of the Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar, said that providing ritual for gamelan instrument was mentioned in the Prakempa palm-leaf manuscript on Balinese gamelan. It was mentioned there were four good ways to play Balinese gamelan namely the logic or philosophy, ethics, aesthetics and techniques to play gamelan.

 
 

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