Ngampin Tradition, Gratitude Expression to Birth of Great-Grandchild

Ngampin Tradition, Gratitude Expression to Birth of Great-Grandchild

Related to traditions often practiced in Hinduism, either in each family, village or district, it has its own characteristics. As in the Balinese nomenclature, a person who has get married will certainly have children, then have grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and the next descendant according to the Balinese family nomenclature. Various traditions are held

Related to traditions often practiced in Hinduism, either in each family, village or district, it has its own characteristics. As in the Balinese nomenclature, a person who has get married will certainly have children, then have grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and the next descendant according to the Balinese family nomenclature.

Various traditions are held to remember the family order. One of them is through tradition of giving betel leaves with betel nut or better known as the tradition of ngampin kumpi by great-grandmother (kumpi lingsir) to its great grandchild (kumpi alit). This tradition is very rarely implemented and even many people do not know because currently it is rare for parents who live longer to even have a great grandchild. However, this tradition remains often to be carried out at villages such as at Rendang in Karangasem.

Ni Wayan Logég, a great grandmother who is staying healthy and having a great grandchild, said that at Rendang village, Karangasem and the surrounding areas, the ngampin tradition is still often carried out.

This tradition is carried out by touching the baby using betel leaves and betel nuts. The nail of the baby’s thumb are smeared with the betel stalk bite of great grand-mother and ended by provision of banknote to her great-grandson (great grand-child). “This tradition is implemented when meeting first time with great grandchildren,” she said.

Similar opinion was revealed by Ni Madé Gerot, one of the elderly residents from Tegal village, Rendang, Karangasem. After touching with betel leaves, the great-grandmother often gives money to her great-grandchild. According to Ni Madé Gerot, giving money is similar to giving provision to descendants and propriety of parents to their children. “This tradition means to remember each other and pray for each other so as to reach longevity. In addition to expressing gratitude for the birth of great grandchild, it is also meant to strengthen the sense of kinship,” she said.

Community believes that by implementing this ngampin tradition, hopefully the great grandmother (kumpi lingsir) and great grandchild (kumpi alit) equally could have longevity. In addition, this tradition is also aimed that the newborn grandson will not get miseries in living the life.

From the execution of this tradition, the elders remind their offspring so that families could remember one another and know one another. This ngampin tradition is one of the ways for parents to strengthen brotherhood. It is advisable to always undertake this tradition even though it looks unimportant but really meaningful. (uma)

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