July 26, 2021

Mekare Kare Tradition (Perang Pandan) in Tenganan Village, Karangasem Bali

Pandan war is a tradition carried out by the people in Tenganan Village, Karangasem Regency. This ceremony is held once a year on "sasih kalima" or the fifth month in the Tenganan village calendar (around June) and is also a series of the Usaba Sambah celebration.

Pandan war or in local terms known as "mekare-kare" or "megeret pandan" is a ritual held to honor the ancestors and Dewa Indra (God of War). This battle ritual is also a symbol of someone who has grown into manhood.

Pandan war is carried out by male participants. They wear sarongs, scarves, headdresses, and shirtless. Participants hold rattan shields and thorny pandanus tied to resemble a club.

This tradition is preceded by a ritual of going around the village to ask for salvation. After a signal from the traditional leader, the ritual begins. Participants in pairs face each other, holding shields and pandan leaves.

The participants danced while occasionally attacking other participants by embracing, then the opponent's back was scratched by thorny pandan leaves. Mekare-kare tradition is accompanied by melodious music from Gamelan Selonding.

The Tenganan people believe that this flowing blood is a symbol of sacred offerings to Lord Indra. After the ritual ends, the injured participant is smeared with traditional ointment. Then proceed with praying together at the temple. This is a unique tradition and attracts the attention of tourists who are visiting.


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  2. wikipedia.org _ Perang Pandan _ on July 24, 2021

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