April 30, 2021

Terteran Tradition in Jasri - Karangasem Bali

Terteran or fire war is a hereditary tradition carried out by the community in Jasri Village, Karangasem Regency, Bali. The Terteran tradition is held in connection with the Ngusaba Dalem ceremony or also known as Aci Muu-muu. This procession is held every two years on Pengrupukan Day, one day before the Nyepi Day.

This ritual uses “prakpak” or “bobok”, a torch made of dried coconut leaves which are tied, burned and thrown to the opponents. When the torch is thrown, it makes a sound "ter ... ter", so it is called Ter-teran.

This tradition begins with the Ngusaba Dalem ceremony, which is carrying offerings or "caru" to the seaside (Jasri Beach) and then continues with the Terteran tradition.

This procession involved male villagers, both young and old. They wear kamben (cloth), a traditional Balinese dress. The fire war starts around 6 pm and take place at the main road in Jasri Village.

The residents gathered and divided into two groups. A divider (bamboo or rope) is placed as a marker of territory for each group. All participants were ready with torches burning in hand. After hearing the signal, the participants began throwing their torches to the opposing party and flames swirled in the air.

The processional last for several sessions or until supplies run out. If a player is hit by fire, then the wound is sprinkled with Tirta (holy water). Visitors are not allowed to turn on the lights during the tradition.

The Terteran tradition aims as a ritual to repel reinforcements (tolak bala), neutralize all negative influences caused by evil spirits (Bhuta Kala) and ask for the safety of the villagers to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa.


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  2. wikipedia.org _ Ter-teran _ on April 28, 2021

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