Watching Mud War or Mebuug-buugan at Kedonganan

Watching Mud War or Mebuug-buugan at Kedonganan

After many decades, the Traditional Village of Kedonganan, Kuta honored their tradition known as ‘mebuug-buugan’ again on Thursday (Mar 3). This traditional practice was brought to life again with much enthusiasm by the youth of this village who went down to the mangrove forest in Teluk Benoa and covered their shirtless bodies with mud as

After many decades, the Traditional Village of Kedonganan, Kuta honored their tradition known as ‘mebuug-buugan’ again on Thursday (Mar 3). This traditional practice was brought to life again with much enthusiasm by the youth of this village who went down to the mangrove forest in Teluk Benoa and covered their shirtless bodies with mud as they played the mire.  Head of the Taruna Eka Chanti youth organization, I Wayan Yustisia Semarariana explained that this activity was brought to life again last year, after many decades of hibernation. This year, however there were far more participants than last year with over 800 youths taking part in the “mud dance” that also serves to bring young people closer to nature. By getting closer to nature together, young people’s love for the natural environment increases, as does their desire to take care of it so that it remains healthy. This includes preventing nature from being disturbed by reclamation.

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“The name ‘mebuug-buugan’ comes from the Balinese word ‘buug’, meaning earth as in both ‘mud’ and ‘ land’” said spokese person, Made Sudarsana who added that they hope that the reclamation project is stopped so that this traditional activity can continue to take place. Obviously, if the reclamation project goes through, then the area where they use the mud will disappear.

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Traditional Village Head of Kedongonan, Ketut Puja expressed his appreciation for the youth of Kedongan’s enthusiasm about preserving this ancestral traditional heritage that has been passed for uncountable generations. Puja explained that ‘mebuug-buugan’ is part of the Nyepi Day celebrations that serve to cleanse the macro and the micro-cosmos. He also expressed his hope that this traditional activity will not only be preserved but that it can be further developed and perhaps serve as a cultural tourist attraction as well.

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Puja emphasized that his Traditional Village has taken a stance against the reclamation of Benoa Bay –not only on the grounds that it would interfere with their traditional activities but also because of the sacredness of Benoa Bay as a whole. “Our stance has already been made clear: we are opposed to the reclamation of Benoa Bay (Teluk Benoa) because it threatens both our traditions as well as the sacredness of the area” he said emphatically. (BTN/kmb)

 

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