Megibung Tradition

Untitled-4-gibung.jpgExplore The East Bali!!! Traditionally, Balinese enjoyed eating together off one large plate or banana leaf at ceremonies or during preparation for ceremonies. People would sit cross-legged around it helping themselves with their right hand and scooping a mixture of food onto a banana leaf or eating it straight off the main plate. This communal way of eating is called megibung. In East Bali, the Karangasem Regency, people still practice the megibung style of eating at ceremony times. It is a very intimate and social way of sharing food, as well as being more economical and better for the environment: no plates, plastic or cutlery.


Megibung is an unique tradition come from eastern part of Bali. ‘Megibung’ word come from ‘gibung’ on the based with me to be prefix. ‘Gibung’ means an activities carried out by many people around 5 until 7 person, which is shared between one person and another. ‘Megibung’ means a activities do with 5 until 7 person , that sit together and discuss with their opinions and eating together at one big plate. it’s called ‘Dulang’. In The day, Karangasem people’s used a ‘nampan’ to be the place of ‘Megibung’ tradition. The menu’s  in this tradition such us sate (satay), lawar (mixed between vegetables with meat) , a cut of suckling pig, komoh (soup) etc, on the based , the Megibung menu’s are made from pig, but today it’s can be change to chicken, goat, or cow. The food normally eaten megibung style are those which can be scooped freely with the hand, such as spicy fish wrapped in padanus leaves (pesan), suckling pig (be celeng), roast chicken or duck (siap/bebek betutu), spicy vegetables  such as jukut ares (soup made from a banana tree trunk),  jukut urab (strong smelling salad served warm) or lawar (grated coconut, condiments, meat and sometimes raw blood) and white or yellow rice (nasi putih / nasi kuning). All this is eaten with hands and washed down with Balinese rice wine (brem) or palm toddy (tuak).

This tradition owned by the Karangasem people’s. Unconsciously ‘Megibung’ tradition come be a icon of Karangasem regency. The generally ‘megibung’  tradition held in God ceremony but the ‘Karangasem’ people’s held this tradition at Human ceremony and at their activities. At this ceremony will invite their family and partner, usually in ‘megibung’ tradition always discuss some topic like the ceremony or something unique during the ceremony.

Megibung tradition introduced by King of ‘Karangasem’ that I Gusti Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah around 1614 Caka or 1692 century. This tradition was brought by I Gusti Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah win the war in conquering kingdoms in ‘Sasak’, ‘Lombok’. In the past, when the soldiers were eating, the king made a rule to eat together in a circular position called ‘Megibung’.



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