September 28, 2021

Ngerebeg Tradition in Tegallalang, Gianyar BALI

Ngerebeg Tradition is a unique cultural activity held by the community in Tegallalang Village, Gianyar Regency. This tradition is carried out the day before the piodalan ceremony at Pura Duur Bingin, once every 210 days. This is an event that locals always look forward to, and it also attracts the attention of many visiting tourists.

It is stated in sources that ngerebeg tradition is thought to have existed since the 13th century, according to the arrival of a figure named Dalem Made Tjokorda Ketut Segara to Tegallalang Village. This tradition has been devised to protect the village from natural disasters, and it has been preserved until now.

Ngerebeg is a ritual of repelling reinforcements or "tolak bala", to neutralize all negative influences in humans so that they do not destroy themselves or others.

The participants, consisting of children and adults, decorated themselves with bright colors and knick-knacks. This then creates a scary impression that becomes a symbol of negative energy in oneself and must be neutralized.

At first the participants decorated themselves, then gathered at the Duur Bingin Temple. They prayed together to ask for smoothness and safety. Next, the participants carried out a procession walking around the village of Tegallalang, bringing with them ornaments from palm leaves and also sacred artifacts (kober, lelontek, etc.).

This tradition is also believed to provide a place or space for "wong samar" or spirits who want to participate or "ngayah". Local people believe that wong samar accompany the participants during this sacred ritual. With this, it is expected that they can live side by side with residents and maintain mutual harmony in Tegallalang Village.


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