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Behind Rites and Exoticism of Kapal Village

Behind Rites and Exoticism of Kapal VillageRichness of culture, the art and local knowledge owned by Kapal village was introduced through a photo exhibition. Various unique activities posing interesting objects were introduced through the medium of photography to general public. The exhibition featuring Rites & Exotic behind the Kapal displayed 25 photos by 20 photographers. The exhibition lasted for three days (Feb 21-23) at Wr. Tegan on Jalan Raya Kapal. Chairman of the committee, Agung Swandisara, said the photography exhibition organized by the Arsa Manu Abdi Dharma youth club of Muncan village, Kapal customary village was very interesting. The melasti tradition held every year by Kapal community should walk along 20 km towards the coast expressed the uniqueness of various angles.

Besides, the tipat bantal fight also known as the Aci Rah Pengangon and Mapag Toya (tradition of opening water by subak groups), mapeed, mepasaran as a series of melasti where all the sanctified effigies and palanquin of all temples at the village temple making a visit to Melanting Temple were also the only one in Bali.

There are also ancient sites in the Puru Sada Temple known as cultural heritage site in Bali. The Puseh and Desa temple having the longest Bale Agung or grand pavilion in Bali is famous for its Kebo Iwa effigy, Waringin Pitu shower, Beji Langon shower, Beji Batan Gatep shower, cave under twin sterculia tree, Beji Prewani shower and others. Kapal village is also famous for the Mejangjangan Dance denoting a sacred dance performed during the Melasti procession, Baris Mapag Toya when first opening irrigation water and Manik Galih dance telling the love story of Manik Galih with her husband Sri Jayengrat related to the origin of the Puru Sada Temple.

In terms of handicraft products, this village is well known for the making of bade tower used in cremation ceremony, bull sarcophagus, palm leaf ritual paraphernalia, wooden and precast shrines, mosaic stone, tray and other ritual paraphernalia that will be very attractive for the snapshot of photographers. “Such treasures have inspired me to organize this photo exhibition with the intention to highlight the potentials of Kapal in the eyes of the world community,” he said. (BTN/Ocha)

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