Let’s Play Megandu Games

Let’s Play Megandu Games

Megandu is a traditional game born from the agrarian activities in paddy fields. The traditional games involving elementary school students are usually played in paddy fields after harvest. “Megandu is said to be the only one game held at Ole, Marga village, Dauh Puri, Marga – Tabanan. Unfortunately, the game becomes scarce because people rarely

Megandu is a traditional game born from the agrarian activities in paddy fields. The traditional games involving elementary school students are usually played in paddy fields after harvest. “Megandu is said to be the only one game held at Ole, Marga village, Dauh Puri, Marga – Tabanan. Unfortunately, the game becomes scarce because people rarely know it and even play it.

In an effort to preserve this cultural heritage, Megandu was once featured in the Bali Arts Festival (BAF) several years ago by Wintang Rare Art Studio directed by I Wayan Weda. In the BAF XXXVII it was also featured through creative dance entitled Megandu by Ni Luh Nyoman Sri Suryati and I Wayan Muder who makes the arrangement. In the Festival ke Uma 2017, the Megandu game is also presented with the involvement of urban and rural children.

In the past, Megandu was commonly played by children of Ole hamlet in the fields after massive harvest, while herding cattle, mowing grass, looking for dragonflies and looking for eels. In the middle of the activity, they agreed to play Megandu. After harvesting, paddy fields were used as the location to play.

This game is commenced with the making of eagle’s egg-like ball. Each child must deposit one ball. After that, a child will be determined by making a draw. After getting the seeker, the seeker will then plunged a stick in the middle of the field. At top of the wood is tied a rope made from coconut bark and the seeker holds it.

The other children put straw balls in the middle of the wood. The seeker then tightens the string around the wood and tried to wrap around the other children. The others are trying to pick up the ball and should not get caught. If a child has a strap, it is ready to be guided (throw with straw balls). The players do not hesitate to throw the child to tears. Furthermore, the child hit by the ball must then serves as a seeker and so forth.

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Although it is a tradition for rural children, the megandu game is good for development of children starting from their physical to emotional development that can affect their growth. When modern games are combined with traditional games will provide complementary benefits for the development of children because they get benefits in terms of physical, psychological, and social aspects. (BTN/015)



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