October 9, 2021

Megoak-Goakan Tradition in Buleleng, BALI

Megoak-Goakan tradition is a unique cultural activity held by the community in Panji Village, Sukasada, Buleleng Regency. Megoak-goakan has been designated as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage (WBTB) and is still being preserved until now.

The name megoak-goakan is taken from the name of the Crow or in local terms it is called "Goak". Megoak-goakan means a gallant crow, inspired by a crow looking for its prey.

The megoak goakan tradition in Panji Village depicted the heroic history of Ki Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti (Ki Barak Panji Sakti) during the war against the Blambangan Kingdom in East Java. He formed a valiant army of "Truna Goak". These troops succeeded in bringing victory to Panji Sakti.

This tradition is played by several people consisting of children or young adults. This tradition is usually carried out in muddy areas (e.g. rice fields) thereby reducing the risk of injury to the participants. Before the game starts, the participants pray at Pajenengan Temple.

One person acts as a crow (goak) and the rest form a line. This line is shaped like a snake, where each participant embraces the waist of a friend in front of him. The participant in the front row acts as the head, and must protect the tail from being caught. Meanwhile "the goak" must target the last participant or the tail in the allotted time.

This is an interesting activity, which at the same time fosters the spirit of leadership, mutual cooperation and strengthens the ties of brotherhood among residents. The megoak-goakan tradition is usually held every year during Ngembak Geni, the day after Nyepi Day.


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  2. ban.wikipedia.org _ Magoak-goakan _ on October 7, 2021

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