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The Uniqueness of Balinese Culture ~ Part 1 to 5

The culture and traditions are inherited by the ancestors. We find in many parts of Indonesia including Bali, the cultural heritage or heritage of the past, many of which originate from the heritage of ancient Bali and become one of the way of life of a group of people who are still traditional and become something very interesting to know, not only for tourists, but also for local residents.

Some unique traditions are presented as an attraction and as a treat for tourists on holiday in the island of Bali. This unique culture and tradition can still be developed and preserved until now very closely related to people's belief in rituals or processions wrapped in a tradition.

Community belief in traditions carried out by residents in a place, based on local people' beliefs, such as beliefs will occur if the tradition or ritual is not . However the Balinese folk believe their traditions are associated with religious beliefs to honour God or the ancestors, so that it becomes a culture for the community on the island of Bali.

Following various unique traditions that exist in several places in Bali:

1. The Mesbes Bangke tradition

A culture and tradition that is truly extreme and unique on the island of Bali. This tradition takes place in Banjar Buruan, Tampak Siring, Gianyar, indeed, the tradition of Mesbes Bangke or tearing apart corpses does look terrible and creepy, especially for those who are first-time or familiar with the tradition. Which is the body or body of someone who will be cremated (cremated), will be torn apart by residents of Banjar Buruan before heading to the corpse, the corpse will be awaited by residents outside the yard, after the corpse comes out of the gate of the house, then residents tear up - cabik the corpse, because it is excited, even up to the top of the corpse that is being carried. This tradition only applies to those who cremate themselves (personally) does not apply to mass cremation. This unique culture and tradition in Gianyar continues today.

2. The Makepung Tradition

Makepung itself means chasing, using a pair of buffalo animals, and on the island of Bali you can only find it in Jembrana district, so with this Makepung tradition, Jembrana district is also known as "Bumi Makepung". Speeding with buffalo is controlled by a jockey or coach, racing to catch a buffalo that races in front of him, the winner is determined by buffalo who can narrow or ease the race distance between two pairs of buffalo chasing, it is not determined who is first to the finish line. this becomes an annual tradition that is followed by farmer groups in Jembrana. Buffalo racing is chosen and treated specifically like an athlete, even before the race begins the owner does not forget to perform the ritual. Held every Sunday between July and November each year. This tourist attraction can be your tour agenda when you vacation at the right time on the island of Bali.

3. The Megibung Tradition in Karangasem

The tradition of eating together when there is a celebration of traditional ceremonies is the culture of the Karanagsem community in East Bali, such as when there are weddings, otonans, 3 months or other traditional ceremonies, still survive today in Karangasem Regency, although some residents now sometimes prepare buffet meals ( eat the road) when there is a celebration, but this megibung tradition cannot be abandoned. Even when Karangasem Regent I Wayan Geredeg once held a mass megibung at the Ujung Karangasem Park attraction and broke Muri's record. Megibung or eating together by a group of 5-6 people is called "sele" sitting around the "gibungan" which is a wad of rice on a tray or tray, complete with vegetables and side dishes called "bouquets" and then they eat together to enjoy and enjoy clutter and bouquet.

4. Mesuryak tradition

A unique tradition on the island of Bali which is an ancestral cultural heritage can only be found in the village of Bongan, Tabanan Regency. Culture and Tradition in Tabanan was held aimed at honouring the ancestors with joy, cheering with the people by providing supplies such as rice and money. The cheering tradition is then accompanied by throwing money into the air and being fought over by residents called the Mesuryak tradition. This tradition is held once every 6 months namely on the feast of Kuningan. This series of processions is related to the celebration of Galungan and Kuningan, after the ancestors present in the family starting from the Galungan holiday, then when Kuningan is ushered back to Nirvana with various offerings and provisions.

5. Melasti Ceremony

Melasti is held once a year in the series of Nyepi Day in Bali, however, the Melasti ceremony is also performed on certain days when piodalan on a temple by the specified day. Melasti is known as mekiis or melis to places of water sources such as sea, lake or spring. But Melasti or melis on Bali island is held simultaneously once a year which is 3-4 days before Nyepi around March. When Melasti all pretimas, weapons of nawa sanga, banners and kober are arak to water sources such as to the sea to be purified and wash away all malaning earth or dirt, is also intended to wash away all human suffering through living water, and then purify themselves with angamet (taking tirta amertha, to get the saris of life. This culture and tradition has become a cultural heritage of Balinese ancestors that is well preserved until now.

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