Bride Wrapped in White Cloth as Dead Person Perhaps this unique tradition is second to none in this universe. On Wednesday (Jan. 27), the Gianyar Grand Palace held a big celebration: the wedding of A.A. Ngurah Agung with A.A. Vera Krisna Dewi that involved the unique Gianayr Royal Palace Style melelet or mepes procession. The
Bride Wrapped in White Cloth as Dead Person
Perhaps this unique tradition is second to none in this universe. On Wednesday (Jan. 27), the Gianyar Grand Palace held a big celebration: the wedding of A.A. Ngurah Agung with A.A. Vera Krisna Dewi that involved the unique Gianayr Royal Palace Style melelet or mepes procession. The bride, who was picked up from was wrapped in white cloth as a corpse and taken by palaquin to the Gianyar Grand Palace.
This palanquin procession was made up of hundreds of family members and hamlet residents who were ready to usher in the wedding of the third daughter of the late A.A. Gde Putra. The bridegroom, A.A. Ngurah Agung, was also carried in palanquin to pick up his bride from Abianbase Grand Palace.
Various rituals were performed upon arrival at the Abianbase Grand Palace before the melelet procession began. The bride, A.A. Istri Vera Krisna Dewi whose entire body was wrapped in white cloth, was carried to the palanquin along with her prospective husband, A.A. Ngurah Agung. Accompanied by Ida Pedanda Gde Ngurah Bun Keniten, the couple was carried to the Gianyar Grand Palace in this large palaquin.
Wedding committee head A.A. Gde Alit Asmara, explained that this wedding procession called Arsa Wiwaha commenced with pronouncements or ngecup. “There are various stages in this ritual. For instance, the melelet is a symbol of maturation, especially in terms of behavior because there will be a difference of responsibility when entering married life” he said.
Asmara also explained that this time, the melelet procession was slightly different than usual. This time the bride had her body wrapped in white cloth, but was not heavily. “In the past, the bride was indeed bound. Actually it is only a technical matter, clearly the philosophy remains the same” he explained.
The melelet procession, he added is a royal heritage that can only be implemented on the occasion of a royal marriage between members of royal families in Gianyar. ISince Indonesian independence, this ritual has only been performed 3 times: 1948, 1973 and now in 2016.
“The melelet procession is another term for the ngekep of the bride. The procession is carried out in the case of inter-local royal family marriages. The bride and groom are visiting each other. “If the marriage is not between royal families, the procession takes place as usual. This marriage involves a tradition that must be preserved” he explained.
Regent of Gianyar, A.A. Gde Agung Bharata, who is also a senior figure of the Gianyar Palace, said that the melelet procession is just like being sanctified or born again. Wrapped in cloth like a dead person, she is then revived as a daughter-in-law in the new home.
“This ritual symbolizes an end to her time as a maiden. She is wrapped just like a dead person. So, in this procession the bride is symbolized to be physically dead, and then revives into a lady” he explained.
A.A Gde. Agung Bharata hopes that although it was held in a simple manner, that this ritual will continue to be preserved by the next generation. “This is a ritual inherited from the kingdom period, continued through the independence periode and hopefully it will continues to be preserved by the next generation as a cultural heritage ” he concluded. (BTN/kmb)