Ngaturang Lakon tradition, Hundreds of Daup villagers eat together at Bale Agung Temple

Ngaturang Lakon tradition, Hundreds of Daup villagers eat together at Bale Agung Temple

Hundreds of villagers from Daup Customary Villagers, Kintamani, thronged the outermost courtyard of the Bale Agung Temple on Wednesday afternoon (Jun. 28) at around 14:00 to eat together. This shared meal is part of the traditional ngaturang lakon procession that was carried out by ten former leaders of Daup customary village. Jero Penyarikan Payu accompanied

Hundreds of villagers from Daup Customary Villagers, Kintamani, thronged the outermost courtyard of the Bale Agung Temple on Wednesday afternoon (Jun. 28) at around 14:00 to eat together. This shared meal is part of the traditional ngaturang lakon procession that was carried out by ten former leaders of Daup customary village.

Jero Penyarikan Payu accompanied by headman of Daup, Dewa Nyoman Saliawan, when met last Wednesday explained that ngaturang lakon is a tradition that must be executed by former customary leaders of Daup customary village in the position of Jero Kubayan, Jero Bau, Jero Singgukan, Jero Nyarikan and Jero Mangku (temple priest). On Wednesday there were a total of ten residents who took part in the ngaturang lako, seven of whom had served as Jero Kubayan, two as Jero Bau and one as Jero Mangku.

“This ngaturang lakon signifies a kind of returning of the offerings that were accepted when they were serving as leaders” explained Saliawan. According to the customs of the ngaturang lakon, residents who once served as kubayan (the highest position in the ulu apad system), are obliged to offer certain oblations including two pigs. Those who served as Jero Bau and temple priests (Jero Mangku) only offer a pig. “This year a total of 17 pigs are being offered”, he said.

Jero Penyarikan Payu explained that the ngaturang laku begins with the negtegang procession, followed by nanceb taring and ngingsah. The procession was commenced three days ago and on Wednesday, the mapiuning (notifying) procession took place at the Puseh Temple in the morning when the pigs were brought to the temple.

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Later in the afternoon, after performing the mapiuning, the participants went back to the Bale Agung to slaughter the pigs and prepared for various purposes. “Some of the pork is processed for offerings, some divided up for malang (divided equally amongst all the heads of family) and the remaining is made dishes like lawar, sate to be eaten together” Payu explained.

Jero Penyarikan Payu went on to explained that the ngaturang lakon tradition is not actually a necessity, however, if it is not implemented the former leaders are considered to have a spiritual debt. “Usually people give up their position as customary leaders (pedulan) once all their children have gotten married” he added. (BTN/kmb)



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