Residents of East Duda Hold Tug-of-War in Muddy Field

Residents of East Duda Hold Tug-of-War in Muddy Field

Exciting activity like this will intrigue everyone. Residents of East Duda, Selat, Karangasem, held tug-of-war in the mud so that it became a very special attraction. Unsurprisingly, this traditional sport drew appreciation and extraordinary adrenaline. It is more challenging and needs prime energy and carefulness in thinking of beating their rivals. Obviously, the challenge is

Exciting activity like this will intrigue everyone. Residents of East Duda, Selat, Karangasem, held tug-of-war in the mud so that it became a very special attraction. Unsurprisingly, this traditional sport drew appreciation and extraordinary adrenaline. It is more challenging and needs prime energy and carefulness in thinking of beating their rivals. Obviously, the challenge is far more different from the tug-of-war on grass.

The atmosphere became more interesting when the whole body of the players was covered in mud. Their hair, face to other parts of the body was filled with mud. For newcomers, it is really a very interesting attraction when taking action to drag the rope and avoid the sprinkle of mud.

The participants consisted of representatives from nine hamlets throughout East Duda village where each delegated one men’s team and one women’s team. Each team has ten personnel. At that time, the contest was followed by the women’s team of Pesangkan Anyar hamlet against the women’s team of Batu Gede hamlet. Though the participants were women, the contest became more exciting than the tug-of-war on the grass. If they already got dragged, it would be difficult to hold because it was quite slippery and heavy.

Even though being flushed by heavy rains, it did not dampen the vivacity of the residents to play or to watch the contest. “The event is aimed at encouraging young people into farming. This tug-of-war in the mud actually has become an annual event held every Christmas or December 25,” said headman of East Duda, I Gede Pawana, Monday (Dec. 26).

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Such an event is also associated with the anniversary of East Duda village. It is intended for entertainment, inspiring and motivating young people so that they want to get involved in the paddy field activity as farmers. “Contest of the tug-of-war in the mud is held in one of the paddy fields at Subak Pesangkan. Formerly, the field was converted into a snakefruit orchard. This activity is also to welcome the arrival of harvest season,” he explained.

Tug-of-war activity in the mud got appreciation from the Regent of Karangasem, IGA Mas Sumatri. According to her, the tug-of-war in the mud is not only able to increase togetherness, but also proves that village government is able to implement its work program and get appreciation from its residents. “Actually this tug-of-war activity serves as a medium to build civilizations and closer friendship as the indicator if the work program of the village has run relatively well,” she said. (BTN/015)



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