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Rituals for Alas Kedaton Dwellers

The way of maintaining the beauty of Alas Kedaton Tourist Attraction (OWAK) is adequately unique. Village Community of Kukuh, Marga - Tabanan as the operator of the natural attraction organizes various rituals in an effort to maintain the balance of nature. “Every rerahinan (holy days in Bali), our community always deliver some offerings at OWAK. Even, the ritual activity is performed almost every day as a form of natural preservation,” said the Operation Head of the Alas Kedaton Management, Rai Saptaadi, at the object some time ago.

Saptaadi Rai said the most grandiose ritual was held in the Dalem Temple right on the piodalan or temple anniversary of the Alas Kedaton Temple falling every six months (210 days) exactly on Anggarakasih Wuku Medangsia or ten days after the Kuningan feast (Tuesday, February 21, 2012). The ceremony was intended to maintain the balance of nature and to become a gratitude to God as the Creator of nature along with the contents.

In addition, a special ceremony for the forest-dwelling animals such as monkeys, flying foxes and other animals were also held every 210 days. The ceremony was held on the feast of Tumpek Kandang (Saturday, April 21, 2012). Meanwhile, special ritual for the plants was organized on Tumpek Uye/Uduh (Saturday, January 7, 2012). “The ceremony is only performed by the management staff. Conversely, the ceremony in the Dalem Khayangan Kedaton Temple will be involving all communities of Kukuh customary village,” he said.

Every full moon or black moon coming every 15 days, the community of Kukuh also held a ceremony and so did small ceremony like on Keliwon coming every five days. However, the ceremonies were categorized to be quite small as an expression of gratitude for the opportunity to live and earn a living. “In day-to-day life, the people of Kukuh also hold a small ritual. But, it is only carried out by the people who earn a fortune at OWAK,” he continued.

Nevertheless, the efforts to maintain the OWAK were also made, namely by providing health assurance for the monkeys. In addition to feeding on a regular basis, his party also worked closely with the Tabanan Livestock and Tabanan Health Agency as well as the Health Service Division of the Udayana University, Denpasar. Medical checkup for the monkey was not routinely performed, but it would be promptly done in case of the transmission of plague such as rabies, bird flu and so forth.

“Reforestation or expansion was only done once a long time ago. Therefore, the greening is necessary to be held again,” he observed. In the forest habitat, there were approximately 60 species of plant. Among others, there were rosewood, santol, ficus, teak, coconut, mahogany and white leadtree.

According to Rai Saptaadi, the present area of the OWAK totally reached 12.5 hectares consisting of 6.5 hectares of the forest, while the remaining area belonged to the temple, parking lot, parks and the office. In the meantime, the kiosk complexes of private property remained to get supervision from the management of the tourist object. (BTN/015)

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