Tradition of tipat and bantal war organized at Kapal customary village is a unique tradition because the participating people will perform activities of mutual throwing by using tipat and bantal posing one of the favorite foods for the community of Bali. It is an expression of gratitude to God for the blessing extended in the
Tradition of tipat and bantal war organized at Kapal customary village is a unique tradition because the participating people will perform activities of mutual throwing by using tipat and bantal posing one of the favorite foods for the community of Bali.
It is an expression of gratitude to God for the blessing extended in the form of abundance of fertility in the environment. However, since it is a tradition and ritual, of course, this kind of tipat-bantal war will begin with a procession of presenting oblations and so forth before implemented.
The temple priest Jero Nyoman Lidriani said that preparation ceremony will be preceded by banten pejati, byakaonan and pangulapan. After being presented, it will be followed by Hindu people or Kapal. After completing the presentation of offerings, it is resumed with joint prayers and matimpugan.
Tipat (Left) and Bantal
It is commenced with jejatonan for 3 times in front of the bale agung temple or middle courtyard of the temple. Executor of the jejatonan itself is not arbitrary namely temple priest and village officials. Sometimes, it is followed by government officials such as the regent usually presented every 2 years. After that, it is carried out in outermost courtyard by many people in accordance with norms.
“Formerly, it was only carried out in front of the bale agung pavilion. Since the current pilgrims are consisting of more people the pavilion is worried to get damaged. Thus, the activities are continued in the outermost temple courtyard and only the jejatonan is still held in the bale agung,” he said.
Furthermore, he said that before starting matimpugan, all the pilgrims put soda offerings pursuant to their affordability and must contain tipat sirikan (rice bag) and six pieces of bantal fresh cake. The rice bag is placed in the temple while the bantal can be brought back home.
Similar opinion was conveyed by I Ketut Sudarsana where the rice bag is incised transverse in the middle as a symbol of female genital or Pradhana while the bantal snack itself is a symbol of male genital or Purusa.
Encounter of both elements will produce or bring up the seeds of life. In this case, it symbolizes the emergence and fertility for the seeds of food sources of society. Besides, both entities symbolize the sea and mountains.
In the procession held at the outermost courtyard of the local temple, all the pilgrims that will throw rice bag are positioned in the south because it is a symbol of male or sea while in the north is the area of the pitch throwing group as the symbol of Purusa or mountains believed to be in the north. Then, even though there is impression of throwing each other to each participant, it will be attempted that tipat and bantal will hit each other in the air because it is the most important point of the tradition.
“After finishes, it is ended with a joint prayer while for the remnants scattered will be collected and then distributed to residents and made into fertilizer for their respective paddy field. It is believed to increase fertility,” he added. (was)