Monday, November 28, 2011

Scarry Myth Unburried Corps on Trunyan , Bali

Trunyan Village is one of the original Bali village residents (Bali Aga) which still owns and uphold the customs and beliefs of their own. Population of Trunyan perceive their identity in two versions. The first version, they are the community of "Bali Turunan” (Bali Derivatives). They believe that their ancestors descended from heaven to earth. So that the Trunyan community has sacred myth or fairy tale that the origin of the population Trunyan is a goddess of the sky. The second version is that the Trunyan people live in ecological systems with a tree "Taru Menyan", which is spreading tree fragrance. The name "taru" and "menyan" evolved into "Trunyan" is used as the name of the village.
Trunyan VillageWeather in the Trunyan village is very cool, averaging 17 degrees Celsius and sometimes down to 12 degrees Celsius. Lake Batur to 9 km in length and width of 5 km is one source of water and a source of agrarian life of the people of Bali south and east. The uniqueness of the Trunyan village is treat the bodies of people who have died. Different with the Bali Hindu people in general who solemnize Ngaben for burning the body. In the Trunyan village, the body does not burn but only placed in the graveyard in a forest area. Strangely, the body will not stink out, despite being there for many months. Trunyan residents believe that it absorbs the bad smell of the corpses is Taru Menyan tree.

Trunyan Burial of the way there are 2 kinds namely:

1. Mepasah, the corpse placed above ground with the open air. Bodies are only given a fence made of bamboo. This is so that these bodies are not eaten by animals. The people who buried the way of mepasah, they are is dead at the time were men who had been married, people who are still single and children who have escaped his young teeth.
2. Buried in the ground. The people who died were buried after their handicapped body, or at the time of death there are wounds that have not healed (eg. the patient's body smallpox, leprosy and others), people who die by unnatural as killed or committed suicide, and child who has not loose his young teeth.

For the purposes of burial, in the village there are 3 kinds of Trunyan graves, namely:

1. Sema (cemetery) Wayah for citizens who natural death. Most northerly location.
2. Sema Muda to bury infants and small children or people who have grown but not married.
3. Sema Bantas for residents whose death was not natural, such as accidents or suicides

Trunyan VillageSema Wayah and Sema Muda located a little far away from the village, while Sema Bantas situated near the village of Trunyan. If a trip to the Trunyan village, do not be surprised if there are lots of human skulls scattered along the street. Because it's skulls that is the main attraction of Trunyan as ancient village and regarded as a Bali aga village. Also, do not ever take things that are here, because the stuff belongs to the people buried here.

East of Lake Batur. Precisely in Kintamani district, Bangle regency. Overland from Penelokan, Kintamani, only reached the Kedisan village. Kedisan to the village of Trunyan, people have to cross Lake Batur for 45 minutes by motorboat or 2 hours by boat mortar driven by oars. In addition to the water path, Trunyan can also be achieved by land, passing through paths the village Buahan and Abang.

The Story Legend Of Trunyan Village
One day four sons of the Sala palace, three sons and one daughter, left the palace. They want to find the source of the scent that wafted up at their residences.
The four men were walking toward the east. Unwittingly, they reached the island of Bali. When we reached the limit of the island east of Bali, which is between the village and kidnapped at the border edges Karangasem and Buleleng, fragrance was wafted increasingly sharp. Especially after they arrived in the area Batur.Ketika arrived at the southern foot of Mount Batur, the son of the smallest, ie a daughter, wants to stay in place. The purpose approved third youngest sister's daughter. Thus, the youngest daughter stayed in that place. Then he moved to the eastern slopes of Mount Batur, Batur temple where stood. As a goddess, she holds Ratu Ayu Mas Maketeg.

After leaving his brother, the third son of Sala palace on his way. When it reached a plateau in the southwest of Lake Batur, they heard the sound of birds. Because of the fun, the youngest son screamed with joy. But the eldest son was not happy to hear his sister screaming. He sent his brother to stay in place, but his sister did not want to. His angry brother. He then kicked her brother to fall in sitting cross-legged position, and became a statue. Until now in this place called Kedisan, still there is a statue of stone sitting cross-legged position.

Eldest son and second son then continued trip, down the east shore of Lake Batur. When it came to a plains, they met two women who are looking for lice. The second son is very interested. He then greeted the two women. However, the eldest son of her sister act is not happy about. He then told his brother lived on the ground, but this sister who did not want to. Be angry and kicked the eldest son of the younger brother to fall face down position and quickly abandoned by her brother. Furthermore, the younger brother was the village head in place. Now the place was known by the name Brother Hamlet.

Eldest son who lives alone to continue the journey to the north by browsing to the steep edge of Lake Batur to the east. Not long ago, he arrived at a plateau. In that place he met a very beautiful goddess. Goddess was sitting alone under a tree Taru incense, which is a tree that smells fragrant. The tree was the source of the scent you are looking for the fourth son of Sala's palace.

Eldest son attracted to the beautiful goddess. He wants married her. Then went to the eldest son of the goddess to woo older sister. Proposal is accepted, but the eldest son should want to be pancer universe or that local leaders. Eldest son agreed that requirement. After married and become a god, holds the Queen's eldest son Jagat Pancering Way (ancient term for the ruler of an area, either the Son or Daughter is called the Queen). The goddess, his wife holds Queen Ayu Pingit In Basic.
Under the leadership of Queen's Way Pencering Jagat, the area they inhabit developed into a small empire. Queen Sakti Pancering Jagat, then became king. Trunyan named his kingdom, which comes from the words Taru and incense, the smell of fragrant trees that spread to the island of Java.

After becoming king, queen Sakti Pancering Jagat misgivings. He was worried, lest anyone be in charge of kerajanannya as fascinated by the smell of incense tree . He then ordered that eliminates odor fragrant nose piercing it. The trick is to put the bodies of people under the tree Taru Trunyan Menyan there is lots there to rot in the open.

Since then the village of Trunyan no longer smell nice at all. The bodies of the population, which was originally expected to decompose in the open in Shema Wayan's funeral was not issued a sharp odor. It really is an oddity and wonders in the area.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ketupat War in Bali, and Lombok

Ketupat war Ceremonial often called Aci Rah Pengangon is a meaningful ceremony to gratitude to Sang Hyang Widhi (God), for the harvest, spared from the drought, as well as prayers invoke the safety and welfare of mankind. Ketupat War ceremony was held in the village of Ships, Badung regency approximately 20 minutes from Bali's capital city Denpasar.
Appearance of war is quite thrilling spectators, because dozens of ketupat which brought the two warring groups, used the tool "Action throwing diamond lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Sometimes this ketupats "stray" towards the audience or the photographer who was capturing the moment. Even so, no one was angry and when the war ended, everyone shook hands happily tossed "against one to another.
Ketupat War is a form of gratitude from local citizen to Sang Hyang Widhi for great harvest as well as a prayer to avoid desease.

Ketupat War is one of the indigenous traditions of Hindu culture in Bali is quite unique and heritage that is still being carried out hereditary from generation to generation til today. War Ketupat ceremony was first held approximately in 13th century ,celebrated once a year at this time.

Ketupat War is implementation in the beginning with a ceremonial prayer shared by all villagers in the local temple. At the ceremony , while read spell the elder of local holymans splash holy water to all citizens who become participants in Ketupat War and pray to Hyang Widhi so the ceremony become a "succesful War" and provide welfare and safety to all villagers.

Ketupat is a rice cake wrapped by thatch

If we are clay from exposure above,nothing in this world will lasts forever, so take care and keep the tradition to avoid losing them in modernization.Ketupat War is interesting and indigenous traditions still preserved by the Hindus in Bali. If you want to watch it come to Bali , The Island of Gods.


Ketupat War In Lombok

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kelimutu, 3 Colors Lakes That Ever-Changing Color

There are outstanding natural beauty phenomenon like no other in three lake's crater which constantly changing color. Natural Wonders was built by geological activity in KElimutu mountain, Flores. KElimutu is a combination of the word "KELI" meaning mountain and "MUTU" which means boiling.


This volcanic lake are considered as magical and mysterious lakes, because it has 3 colors and constantly changing color. Earlier this lake is red, white and blue. In mid-2006 and occurred several times, especially two adjacent lakes namely Lake Spirits Youth (Tiwu nua ko'o fai muri) and Lake Spirits soothsayer (Tiwu ata polo). Young Spirit Lake previously green, in June last year had turned blue. While Lake soothsayer or Evil People which previously dark brown changing to reddish.

A separate lakes, Spirits Parents Lake(Tiwu Ata Mbupu) which has a dark green and moss, but then turns back to green,old evilman lake turned to dark brown, and the parents lake became blackish brown. A good time to watch the lake Flores is in the morning, because the fog usually blocks the view around the lake in the noon.

Lake Kelimutu (Flores) believed as a place of the spirits. On some occasions there is usually a ceremony of the local community and give offerings to the "spirit" which keeps the region. Local people believe that Kelimutu is sacred and give fertility to the surrounding nature.

Kelimutu had erupted in 1886 and left three crater-shaped lake, the lake is the third area roughly around 1.051 million square meters with a volume of 1292 million cubic meters of water. Boundary between the lakes with each other is a narrow stone walls that prone to landslides.

The steep walls of a 70-degree angle with a height of between 50-150 meter.Kelimutu has a relatively stable tropical climate with rainfall ranging from 1651 up to 3363 mm per year, the rainy season falls in December to March and the dry season occurs in October to November. Temperatures ranged from 25.5 ° - 31 ° Celsius with the minimum temperature reached 11.6 degrees which occurred in July-August. In the rainy season, all plants are green and lush during the dry season many plants that grow leaves. Soil and climate conditions are highly influential on the existing flora and fauna.

However, some society believe, changing the color of Lake kelimutu associated with predictions of impending critical events in Indonesia, or in Ende. "From the stories the old people used to, anyway if the color of lake changing menaing the lake is giving signal there will be a disaster. But it may also influence the weather that now rapidly changing, "said Yulita, villagers in Flores.

On 13 until May 31, 1997,lake Tiwu Ata Polo changed its color as well. than, the incident by some people considered connected with the fall of President Suharto in 1998 .

Similarly, the incident in December 2008 when Tiwu Ata Polo changed color from dark green to blackish brown, the events associated with legislative and presidential elections, as well as the earthquake in Tasikmalaya (West Java)and Sumatra (Andalas).

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