Mekotekan Tradition

Mekotekan

Bali still keep the rich tradition and culture of our ancestors are still preserved until only one such raid now. Mekotek or often called Mekotekan Munggu Village, Mengwi District, Badung Regency which still remains to this day the feast is celebrated in this Mekotek raided Kuningan Day. Prosesi followed by 12 local people of Munggu village. Mekotekan raid is a ritual that uses wood usually means the most widely used of the pulet type and played together to celebrate the victory of Dharma ( goodness ) against adharma ( evil ).

Ritual

Mekotekan ritual is usually performed in the courtyard of “Pura Desa” by the young men or fathers , society dominated by men young and old all dressed in traditional clothes carrying a lightweight wooden stick measuring approximately three to four feet walking hand in hand toward the temple, name is Pura Desa. Near temple area unites them stick to each other in a way that they hold banging his stick until it resembles a triangle building towering.

The activity raises a very noisy sound that make the participants more excited. Then she sticks abuzz already fused and even then they carry around in circles until finally returning and be separating. No rarely stick when dispersed, some residents affected by the stick, But does not necessarily make them upset or angry , instead they bounced back with a feeling and a smile that was hit satisfied. The participants had to give up her wand to rise to a collection of sticks from his participants. Because this ritual has often implemented and already used to it though a blow stick or fall off the end of a stick set of participants who took part should not be that upset .

The ritual is carried out every six months the Balinese calendar has been around since 1934. But just starting preserved since 1946 after residents Munggu free of “gerubug” or plague . It was said , was so excited citizens free from the disease , then they brandished their spears. Spear in the eyes of the Dutch colonial time was symbolized as a hero. But as the development time and means the spear time now replaced with a piece of wood .

There is also another version of Mekotekan in the Village District Munggu, Badung Regency. Mekotekan Munggu is tradition of citizens who have been held for generations related to history King of Munggu , who went to Blambangan to expand territory . The battle of King Munggu win and return to Munggu with all the troops . The army joy spears raised goes to the village. Even as the army itself that causes injury. Seeing the incident, the king meditated in “Wesasa” and get a clue that the wound can heal faster and then held a ritual Mekotek. In addition , the king also said that if the ritual is not held then be exposed “gerubug” or lightning outbreaks.

This makes people still hold a ritual Munggu Mekotek until now. Ritual of Mekotek should be implemented to coincide with Hindus feast name is Hari Raya Kuningan, because it is clue of obtained by the King of Mengwi Cokorda Made Munggu , and he said no restrictions , if the ritual is not performed it is possible make Munggu is plague will hit again , so the ritual was still performed until now. Let’s we preserve cultural heritage and ancient traditions of our ancestors.

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