A Unique Pendet Pasepan Dance

A Unique Pendet Pasepan Dance

The pendet dance perfromed for the piodalan of the Dalem Temple of Setra Batununggul customary village in Nusa Penida, is both sacred and unique. Although the form of this pendet dance resembles other pendet dances, here, supporting devotees of the temple perform the pendet while holding small bowls of fire -known as pasepan, in their

The pendet dance perfromed for the piodalan of the Dalem Temple of Setra Batununggul customary village in Nusa Penida, is both sacred and unique. Although the form of this pendet dance resembles other pendet dances, here, supporting devotees of the temple perform the pendet while holding small bowls of fire -known as pasepan, in their hands as they dance.

This sacred dance is performed after supporting devotees of the temple express their genuine devotion and gratitude for the blessings that have been bestowed, through the melasti or purificatory rite procession for Ida Bhatara (deities).

Dance coordinator I Dewa Gede Rai Sudiarta explained that the form of this pendet is the same as other pendet dances exept that instead of holding flower offerings, the dancers carry the pasepan. “The concept of this sacred dance has to do with generating an aura of spiritual purity. The means used is called agni hotra”, he said.

The Pendet Pasepan Dance is a calssical Balinese ritual that is particular to Nusa Penida and is filled with spiritual nuances. The number of dancers involved is not determined, but depends on how many people are able to carry it out. It is categorized as a sacred dance because it is closely related to spiritual arts and ritual traditions . “It is danced with sincerity by young women who want to devote themselves sincerely and flexibly”, said Rai Sudiarta.

This pendet dance is accompanied by terompongan gamelan instruments that carry classical spiritual meaning. The Pendet Pasepan Dance was last performed on the piodalan of Dalem Temple of Setra Batununggul customary village, Nusa Penida, on November 14. (BTN/kmb)

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