Sesarin Canang, from Folded Betel Leaf to Banknotes

Sesarin Canang, from Folded Betel Leaf to Banknotes

Sesarin canang as an expression of people’s gratitude to God is often found in canang (oblation) offered by people when saying prayers. Nowadays, most people use banknotes placed on the canang sari. Sesari in the form of banknotes are rampantly used recently. When viewed from the development of times, the money used keeps changing in

Sesarin canang as an expression of people’s gratitude to God is often found in canang (oblation) offered by people when saying prayers. Nowadays, most people use banknotes placed on the canang sari.

Sesari in the form of banknotes are rampantly used recently. When viewed from the development of times, the money used keeps changing in line with the times. At the same time, sesari also follows the development of times.

Sesari or canang sari is not only offered while going to temple, many other religious activities also use sesari. Like the activity of nunas baos (consulting to medium), sesari is also used.

Ni Madé Gerot, 70, a traditional healer (Balian) at Besakih, Rendang, Karangasem, when met some time ago,  told that pursuant to her experience during ngayah (paying devotional work), the use of banknotes as a sesari has begun since several years ago.

She added that according to explanation of her senior figure, before using banknotes as sesari, there were several types of money used as sesari. Before the use of banknotes, sesari of canang used folded betel leaf completed with lime, tobacco, gambier, and betel nut.

“Formerly, the folded betel leaf was used as sesarin canang, symbolizing a prostration of the community. Although currently using banknotes, the use of folded betel leaf can still be found in several places,” she said.

He told that according to the story of her senior figure, before using banknotes as we find today people used perforated coin. In 1963, the sesari in use included ringgit, rupiah (silver), as well as other coins of several denominations applied at that time.

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After that, the use of perforated coin began and lasts until now and the use of banknotes also develops. “Using rupiah money as sesari is indeed legitimate. However, the most important is the sincerity of people,” she explained.

She hoped and reminded that as devotees both as people doing devotional services and general public, sesari is an offering. Actually, the money used sesari is perforated coin. It is the symbol of Shiva Sunya meaning sincerity. (BTN/uma)



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