Ngerebong has become a tradition for the Kesiman customary village, Denpasar. A unique ritual called ngurek (stabbing kris dagger in the chest) is performed on the piodalan or anniversary of the Pangerebongan Temple falling every 210 days on Redite Pon Medangsia, Sunday (Apr 14) or eight days after Kuningan celebration.
In the ceremony, the customary villagers of Kesiman consisting of 33 hamlets became patih (intermediary of deities) for devotional works. They put into trance and then take kris dagger to be stabbed in his chest. It is really horrible when the dagger, sharp and sacred objects, is stabbed in human chest. Ritual as a symbol of gratitude expression is carried out through a worship to sanctified effigies (Rangda, Ratu Ayu and Barong) in the temples of Kesiman customary village. After paying homage, some people carry the sanctified effigies.
The ritual is commenced by mapeed or parade procession to the temple where ngerebong is carried out and all the villagers put on customary attires. Each temple at Kesiman customary village takes out the sanctified effigies. There are also sanctified effigies from outside Kesiman that are engaged in the procession such as those from Pemogan, Singgi-Sanur, Suci Hamlet, Bali Beach, Sawangan-Bukit, Ubung, and some others.
Another unique tradition in this Pangerebongan ritual is cockfight performed by a group of people. When the cockfight taking place as a part of the ceremony, it looks like dominating the stabbing tradition. Meanwhile, the ngerebong itself is done by surrounding counter-clockwise the wantilan hall where people are holding cockfight. Anak Agung Pemecutan from Dajan Tangluk hamlet, one of the mediums (pedasaran) at Kesiman said the cockfight would cause the rooster to injure and bleed. Such blood sprinkle was then used as sacrifice locally known as tabuh rah as a series in the animal sacrifice ritual or mecaru.
The man usually called Gung Cut added that in the past when the gambling like ceki cards and cockfight was prohibited intensively, the Kesiman customary village did not hold the tabuh rah or cockfight ritual. However, what happened next was that all the intermediaries of the local deities (patih) were in trance and got injured by the kris dagger usually used to stab.
Another belief owned by Kesiman customary village was that people were not allowed to go out or travel during the day of Pangerebongan ritual. If people broke it, undesired thing might happen to them. (BTN/015)
Although it was not a performing art, a total of 735 Balinese women roasting coffee…