Dozens of children at Sekardadi village, Kintamani, were very enthusiastic to scramble for rice bag in the mejurag tipat procession held by local customary village on Sunday (Jan. 15). The procession is in a series of nangluk merana (pest and disease prevention) ritual regularly held by Sekardadi village every year. As seen last Sunday, the
Dozens of children at Sekardadi village, Kintamani, were very enthusiastic to scramble for rice bag in the mejurag tipat procession held by local customary village on Sunday (Jan. 15). The procession is in a series of nangluk merana (pest and disease prevention) ritual regularly held by Sekardadi village every year.
As seen last Sunday, the mejurag tipat procession was held at street side right in front of the office of Sekardadi’s headman. Prior to the procession, a number village figures first held a ritual at the intersection of the local village.
While waiting for the village leaders to complete the ritual, dozens of children participating in the mejurag tipat procession have lined up across a pile of rice bag suspended by using a piece of bamboo. After given a cue by customary village apparatus and pecalang (customary security guard), dozens of children originally lining up then ran and scrambled for the rice bags. Other than for rice bags, they also scrambled for eggs tied together with the pile of rice bags.
Chief of Sekardadi customary village, Nengah Madria, when met on Sunday afternoon explained that mejurag tipat procession is a part of the nangluk merana procession that is regularly held once a year. Usually this procession is organized by Sekardadi residents in December (sixth month in Balinese calendar) falling on new moon or kajeng kliwon.
However, since there was an obstacle for this time, the ritual procession was delayed after December. “We got an obstacle last December where one of our residents gave birth to twin babies so that all kinds of ceremonies could not be implemented at that time,” he explained.
He told the procession is meant to neutralize any negative effects which occur on agricultural land of residents. He added the current procession belongs to the highest level because it uses ritual paraphernalia in the form of a cow and a pig.
Madria explained that sequence of the procession was begun with the making of oblation at the border of Sekardadi and Pengotan village. Then, most of the oblations were presented in a ritual officiated over by village leader. After the ritual ended, it was resumed with mejurag tipat procession. “The ritual is implemented at two venues, namely at Mangkalan and central intersection of local village,” he said.
He admitted that mejurag tipat procession was very eagerly awaited by children at the local village. Pursuant to the tradition inherited over the years, mejurag tipat procession can only be followed by children of local customary village aged about 10 years. Approximately one hundred pieces of rice bag are used in the procession.
“Each family is obliged to bring six pieces (akelan) of rice bag. At local village, there are totally 104 nuclear families. On that account, the total number of rice bag to be scrambled amounts to 104 x 6 pieces,” he explained. (kmb)1 comment