September 15, 2021

Ngusaba Bukakak Tradition In Buleleng, BALI

Ngusaba Bukakak is a unique and interesting tradition carried out by the community in Giri Emas Village, Sawan, Buleleng Regency. This is a sacred tradition related to agriculture and is carried out from generation to generation by local residents (and krama subak).

The sources mentioned the word bukakak is derived from the word "lembu" mean ox as a symbol of Lord Shiva, and "gagak" mean raven as a symbol of Lord Vishnu. This bukakak is embodied in the form of a garuda (bird) flapping its wings, made from young sugar-palm leaves and decorated with flower.

Furthermore, on this bird-shape embodiment there is an offering of “babi guling” (roasted pig) which is processed in such a way that its color turns black (representation of Vishnu) and white (representation of Shiva). While the pig itself as a symbol of the God of Sambu. Overall, the bukakak is a symbol of union among the followers of Shiva, Vishnu and Sambu.

The ngusaba bukakak tradition is preceded by a procession of melasti (melis) ceremony, which aims to purify sacred objects or “pratima” in temples heading to the beach or Segara.

This sacred tradition is celebrated as a form of gratitude to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, in manifestation as the Goddess of Fertility or Dewi Sri, who is always willing to bestow the fertility to agricultural land and also abundant harvests. This ceremony is celebrated every two years, namely on Purnama Sasih Kedasa (around April).


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