Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) is the name of climbing or trailing woody-stemmed plant also associated with winter squash under genus cucurbita. If the pumpkin fruit or Balinese waluh is steamed and mixed with sticky rice, it will change the name into pumpkin cake. Hindu community in Bali often makes this type of cake for various activities.
The boiled pumpkin is then mixed with sticky rice to make it chewy. To serve, it is filled with grated coconut added with salt to taste. Indeed, it is slightly difficult to get this type of cake as it is presented instantly. However, this orange cake can easily be found in traditional markets.
Pumpkin is also often used as ingredient of cake called sumping, so that its name also comes to change into pumpkin sumping. It is believed that consuming pumpkin sumping can make the stomach cooler and does not cause pain for excessive consumption or consume in sick condition. Farmers at villages often eat this serving for retaining hunger.
Nevertheless, not all Balinese people want to eat pumpkin cake or any pumpkin-based cake. Some have abstinence from eating this simple cake. To date, there is a myth believed by Hindu community in Bali where those wearing a belt (with miracle power) will not be willing to eat the cake. Otherwise, the miracle power of their belt will be neutralized.
Meanwhile, other people do not eat pumpkin because it is believed that the plant has a great merit to human. According to Dwijendra Tatwa palm-leaf manuscript, when Danghyang Dwijendra had pilgrimage to Bali from Java Island, he crossed the Bali Strait by means of wooden boat. When reaching the middle of the sea, his boat suddenly leaked. Well, accidentally he took pumpkin leaf to stop up the leakage, so that his voyage could arrive on the island. Well, due to the meritorious help of the pumpkin leaf to save people, then Danghyang Dwijendra and his followers did not eat pumpkin plant including its fruit. (BTN/015)
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