Mapinton, a Tradition of Self-Notification at Temple

Mapinton, a Tradition of Self-Notification at Temple

Many traditions are carried out by Hindu communities in Bali. Moreover, such traditions are closely related to religion. One of the traditions remaining to be practiced by the people until now is mintonang toddlers / children that are newly invited to say prayers, both in merajan, clan temple and village trinity temple. Mapinton is one

Many traditions are carried out by Hindu communities in Bali. Moreover, such traditions are closely related to religion. One of the traditions remaining to be practiced by the people until now is mintonang toddlers / children that are newly invited to say prayers, both in merajan, clan temple and village trinity temple. Mapinton is one of the traditions that Balinese society possesses, chiefly those remaining to undertake it. The tradition is carried out in relation to family members that have toddlers that are newly invited to say prayers.

“Mapinton tradition is carried out as a form of self-notification on the existence of new family members, especially newborn toddlers and are first invited to say prayers to the temple,” said Ida Rsi Bhagawan Smerti Kusuma Wijaya Sebali.

Ida Rsi gave an example. Devotees should do mapinton for the newborn toddlers at clan temple (kawitan) or at village trinity temple. It is meant to notify that there is a new family member by mentioning the name of the toddlers to Ida Bhatara abiding in the temple and expressing gratitude because they have been endowed with the offspring. In addition, mapinton also states that the newborn toddlers will be bound by the rules contained in the temple, especially related to the implementation of Hindu religious ceremonies.

Mapinton is not only implemented for the newborn toddlers, but also by dancers that will dance having just held the initiation process (mediksa) at their spiritual teacher. “It has similar meaning namely as notification in the holy place, clan temple, village trinity temple or other sanctums,” said Ida Rsi.

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Actually, the mapinton means the initiation of self-notification regarding what will be done. Even though the implementation is different, the most important thing is the purpose of implementing the mapinton tradition.

Regarding the age of the toddlers that can carry out the tradition in the temple, Ida said that it can be carried out after 42 days or in accordance with location, time and condition (desa, kala, patra). In one region, toddlers are allowed to do mapinton tradition just after three months old. “By and large, the toddlers having been one month and seven days old (42 days) can be invited to say prayers, starting with mapinton.”

Regarding the course of mapinton tradition, the procedures must be implemented in outermost courtyard first, in representative shrine, and then resumed to the innermost courtyard of the temple (uttama mandala). The ritual paraphernalia in use usually consists of banten pejati.

Is the mapinton tradition only held in clan temple or village trinity temple? Ida asserted if possible, mapinton is also carried out in all the temples visited, such as the Kahyangan Jagat (universal temple) and Dang Kahyangan (tribute temple to ancient sages). (BTN/uma)



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