Mekare-kare Ceremony – 26 July 2013, Tenganan Village, Bali 2013.07.25


The village of Tenganan Pegringsingan is a unique place of interest as it is home to the Bali Aga people, descendents of the original Balinese.  The community still live by these ancient Balinese rules, and only those born in the village may stay in the village. If a member marries outside of Tenganan they have to leave the village, ensuring that the bloodline is carried down from one generation to the next. Bali Photographer - trezy humanoiz _ tegananBali Photographer - trezy humanoiz by flickr

The unique tradition where men fight using “pandanus” leaves is known as Mekare-kare. This ritual honors Dewa Indra, God of War . Mekare-kare is usually held in Sasih Kelima (Balinese calendar) around June and July each year. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ^riza^ by flickr

Participants can be young, old and even children. No preparation for fighting is required, only courage. Mekare-kare or pandan war is performed by bare-chested men wearing the traditional clothing of Tenganan.

Before the fight begins the men drink Tuak, a Balinese alcohol drink with a sweet taste and sour sensation made using banana leaves. The sacred fight uses green pandanus leaves full of sharp thorns on both sides, and a shield made from rattan for protection. Body injuries occur, but no anger or grudges are held as it is all part of the holy ritual. Balinese medicine made from turmeric, galangal and vinegar are used to treat the wounds.

After fighting, the men sit down together and enjoy Balinese food and drink as a symbol of togetherness and camaraderie, known as "Megibung". This year, Mekare-kare will be held on Friday, 26 July 2013 at 13.00 WITA in Desa Tenganan, Dauh Tukad, Karangasem and is not to be missed.

Access to Tenganan Village
From Nusa Dua 2- 2.5 hours
From Jimbaran 2 hours
From Kuta, Legian 2 hours
From Seminyak 2 hours
From Sanur 1 - 1.5 hours
From Ubud 1 - 1.5 hours

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