May 12, 2021

Tatebahan Tradition In Bugbug Village, Karangasem Bali

Tatebahan is a hereditary tradition carried out by the community in Bugbug Village, Karangasem Regency. This village is one of the oldest villages in Bali with its people who still maintain the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors.

This sacred tradition is an expression of gratitude to the Creator for the bountiful harvest and success in holding a traditional procession. Aci Tatebahan is also believed to be an attempt to neutralize the evil influence and prevent danger caused by something un-seen or niskala (repelling reinforcements).

Tatebahan comes from the local term "tebah" which means beating. This is a unique tradition in which participants engage in beating action using the midrib of banana leaves.

This tradition is carried out every year on Purnama Sasih Desta (Jyestha), Tumpek Klurut, Nuju Triwara Beteng, Penanggal Ping Molas, based on the Balinese calendar.

The community jointly prepares the necessary ingredient and collects agricultural products, such as: yams, cassava, nuts, fruits and others. These agricultural products are then processed into dishes for offerings ("ngejot") to the Creator and also to be eaten together or "megibung" as a form of community togetherness.

The participants who take part in this tradition are men. Before the ritual begins, they pray together. The Tatebahan tradition is held at Pura Bale Agung Desa Pakraman Bugbug.

This attraction is done in pairs. Participants may only hit the back (the area below the neck above the waist). Participants are not allowed to hold grudges. This ritual is accompanied by Gamelan Baleganjur.


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