Ngerebeg, Offering to Share Fruits with Monkeys at Alas Kedaton

Ngerebeg, Offering to Share Fruits with Monkeys at Alas Kedaton

Gamelan composition of bleganjur sounded so melodious. The traditional artists of this village played gamelan instrument accompanying the rows of housewives dressed in customary attires while upholding gebogan fruit arrangement and smiling sincerely. A flock of monkeys, the local forest dwellers, were jokingly and jubilantly hopping over lush branches. They seemed to know that the

Gamelan composition of bleganjur sounded so melodious. The traditional artists of this village played gamelan instrument accompanying the rows of housewives dressed in customary attires while upholding gebogan fruit arrangement and smiling sincerely. A flock of monkeys, the local forest dwellers, were jokingly and jubilantly hopping over lush branches. They seemed to know that the gebogan procession was a happy day filled with joy of sharing fruits.

It is the description of ritual procession for monkeys at Alas Kedaton tourist attraction, Kukuh, Marga, Tabanan, on Saniscara Kliwon Uye took place lively, Saturday (Jan. 20). It has become a tradition that every thanksgiving ritual of monkeys was filled with procession of ngrebeg gebogan (parade of fruit arrangement) as high as 2 meters. “We always carry out the procession every day Tumpek Kandang or Tumpek Uye,” said Secretary of Kukuh customary village, I Gusti Ngurah Pujayasa.

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Pujayasa said that thanksgiving ritual at Alas Kedaton also becomes a moment to teach children to love animals. It happened because many residents came to witness the parade of fruit arrangement while taking their children, then gave food to the flock of monkeys. “The celebration of Tumpek Kandang is one of the applications of the Tri Hita Karana teachings in the matter of Palemahan or environmental aspect that maintains harmonious relationship with animals.

Coordinator of Alas Kedaton attraction, Kukuh customary village with the management board of Alas Kedaton and merchant group regularly holds thanksgiving ritual for the monkeys. However, since one and a half year ago a new tradition of ngrebeg gebogan of two-meter high was held. “Tumpek Uye today is the third time for implementing gebogan parade. This serves as a form of our gratitude for the welfare graced by God. Expression of our gratitude to monkeys and fruit bats of Alas Kedaton through a parade can attract tourists,” said Pujayasa.

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In this ceremony, the merchant group of Alas Kedaton also contributed 22 pieces of gebogan of small size. Both fruit gebogan offerings of the management board and merchant group of Alas Kedaton contain local fruits such as red guava, tomatoes, corn, carrots, bananas, rambutan, papaya, mango and beans.

Before the parade, it was commenced with thanksgiving ritual in the middle courtyard of Alas Kedaton Temple. After that, it was resumed with praying together, and presented fruit gebogan before God Almighty. After the prayers, it was continued with parading the gebogan in the middle courtyard of Kahyangan Kedaton Temple and in the outermost courtyard. Ultimately, the gebogan was placed in the outermost courtyard.

A flock of monkeys then approached and picked up the fruits presented by the people of Kukuh. People coming with their children took the fruit and distributed it to the flock of monkeys. The fruits were directly invaded by monkeys. They looked tame. After getting the fruits, the monkeys jumped into the tree, while another flock came forward to pick up the fruits. The beautiful moments when people were besieged by monkeys became the target of camera of photographers, including tourists. They were happy to capture the moment of tame monkeys at Alas Kedaton. (BTN/015)



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