Explore The East Bali!!! The village of Seraya, the home of Gebug Ende dance is situated on the eastern tip of Bali (Karangasem regency). This eastern tip is known as the driest area in Bali and the scarcity of water is a daily problem in this area especially during the hot season.
Bali has many various cultures and traditions. Each of Balinese traditions has its own meaning and uniqueness. One of unique tradition is Gebug Ende. Gebug means hit with all one’s might using a cane made from rattan with 1,5-2 meters length. Ende means shield that used for parry a punches. Gebug Ende has an arts element, such a mixture of dance and dancer’s dexterity to play their cane and shield where while this attraction is going on, it is accompaniment by Gamelan rhythm which push ahead the dancer’s spirit to punch, avoid, and parry each other.
The Gebug Ende dance derives its name from the equipments that are used in this dance. The Gebug Ende uses a one and a half meter long rattan stick as a weapon, called gebug and a shield made of cow’s hide, called ende. The Gebug Ende is a combination of dance and trial of prowess. The dance provides an image of a fight between two soldiers in the heat of battle. It is usually performed by two to sixty male dancers who dance and fight on stage in pairs. Each dancer/fighter carries a gebug (rattan stick) and an ende (shield). During the performance the two men try to beat one another with the gebug (rattan stick) while using the ende (shield) to protect themselves.
Before Gebug Ende starts, there is a first ritual that held with some offerings so the petition of all people will be granted. After it has done, the players of Gebung Ende which consist of 2 boys or 2 men with Balinese traditional outfit. Gebug Ende will be led by referee or in Balinese language called Saye. Before the game start, the referee tell the rules to the players which part that can be attacked.
Gebug Ende Tradition is one of culture heritage that indeed believed to bring down the rain. As people beliefs, rain will come if the battle can splash many bloods. As much the blood spilled over, the rain will come faster.
There is no specific time to play this game. Exactly the game will over if one of the player is recessive enough. If you want to see Gebug Ende Tradition while you travel to Bali, you can visit Karangasem area.