Tipat-Bantal War – How Balinese Do Thanksgiving

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Tipat Bantal War

Tipat-Bantal War is cushion closely related to the agricultural life of the community in the Kapal Village, where this tradition is carried out as a thanksgiving to God for the life He created and the abundance of crops in Kapal Village. Tradition of Aci Rah Penganggon or Tipat-Bantal War is held every Fourth Month in Bali calendar (Sasih Kapat) around September – October.

Kapal Village is one of the traditional villages in Bali that is rich in uniqueness of customs and culture. This village located about 20 Kilometers or 40 minutes from Ngurah Rai AirportKapal Village is included in the District of Mengwi Badung Regency has a variety of unique and interesting traditions that are still ongoing until now. One of them is the implementation of the tradition of Aci Rah Penganggon or better known by the local people as Tipat – Bantal War

What’s Are Tipat and Bantal ?

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Tipat Bantal

Tipat and Bantal are processed food made from rice wrapped in woven Janur or coconut leaves are still young rectangular, while the pillow is processed foods made from glutinous rice processing which is also wrapped with woven Janur but elliptical. These two things are a symbolization of the existence of masculine energy and feminism that exist in this universe, which in Hindu concept is called Purusha – Predana.

In The Ritual Of Tipat Bantal War

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Tipat Bantal War Bali

The ritual that took place at Kapal Temple was started with a prayer ceremony together by the whole Kapal Village. At the ceremony, the saints will splash the holy water to beg for the safety of the participants of this Tipat-Bantal War. Soon some men took off their shirts and shirtless. They are divided into two groups and stand face to face. After the cue began, the shirtless men began to throw the tip and the cushion into the group in front of them. The atmosphere was upset when typhus and pillows began flying in the air. Then the action of throwing Tipats and Bantals is paused. Residents began to move out of the temple and now they are preparing on the highway in front of the Kapal  Temple and stood in groups, and facing each other about 15 meters.The atmosphere came again when the rituals began again. Residents throwing Tipat and Bantal was blindly screaming and laughing.

Tipat-Bantal War becomes more exciting when the spectators standing on the sidewalks take and throw the Tipat. Quite often there is a stray Tipat toward the audience or photographer who was perpetuating the moment. Some of the residents who watched shouted and took refuge.

Tips Watching Tipat Bantal War at Kapal Village

  • Keep distance during the ceremony
  • Using Balinese Clothes
  • Don’t disturbing during the ceremony
  • Guided by local guide

Mekotek – “Refuse Misfortune Ceremony”


Mekotek is one of the cultural heritages that have existed since 1915. This tradition is done by the Munggu Village, Mengwi District , Bali in every 210 days. initially using a stick of iron, to avoid so that no one was injured, then in 1948 replaced using a stick of wood , whose skin has been peeled and become smooth with a length of 2 – 3,5 meters, while the original spear is stored in the temple. This tradition is followed by almost all Munggu residents, especially men between the ages of 12-60 years. They are grouped in several groups, each group of about 50 people, the wooden sticks they carry are pitted to form like a pyramid. This tradition accompanied by Balinese traditional music (gamelan).

History Of Mekotek

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Balinese Authentic Woven Fabric

endek2.jpgEndek is a Balinese typical woven fabric. The uniqueness of Endek is on its motive and pattern which is so varied. Some of Endek motive are take as sacred. It is only can be used for any activities in the temple or other religious ceremonies. There are also Endek motive that can be use for specific kind of people such as a king or gentle hood. Continue reading

Bali Traditional Instrument

Untitled-4-jegog.jpgJegog is a form of gamelan music indigenous to Bali, Indonesia played on instruments made of bamboo. The tradition of jegog is centered in Jembrana, a region in Western Bali. In recent years jegog has started to become popular in other regions of Bali with a few groups being established in central Bali to entertain tourists. International interest has been spread by tourists visiting Bali and by recordings. There are virtually no ensembles outside of Bali with the exception of at least two groups in Japan (Sekar Sakura and Geinoh Yamashirogumi, the latter’s having been used in 4 of the tracks in their score for the film Akira as well as on the final track of Ecophony Rinne ), one in the United States (Sekar Jaya) and one in Germany. Jegog music is very fast, loud, rhythmic and precise. Pieces last from a few minutes to as long as thirty minutes. Continue reading

Brass Craftsmen Village in Bali

Untitled-5-budaga.jpgPakraman Budaga Village, that’s the name of a village which is located one kilometer west of the City Semarapura, Klungkung. A village with an area of about 35 hectares and a population of approximately 198 heads of households (families), or 733 souls. 367 male 366 female soul and spirit. Since the beginning of its existence, when divided into two Budaga banjar (Banjar Budaga Klod and Budaga Kaler), the people who are really involved pakraman agricultural sector as the main livelihood.

But over time, the farm had now abandoned its citizens. The main reason for the dissolution of agricultural diligent regeneration, but because the area of agricultural land in the traditional village area has decreased as Budaga for residential purposes, the area for the benefit of the traditional villages such as worship (temples), tombs and other places people try several, also because the orientation of the current generation Indigenous Village has also changed in response to Budaga era of development. Continue reading

The Center Of Balinese Traditional Painting

Untitled-1-kmsan.jpgKamasan Village is a center of Balinese traditional painting and sculpture which is located in Klungkung District, Klungkung. From Kuta, this village is approximately 43 km to the east. This village could be reached by any vehicles or public transportation, because all of the road heading to Kamasan is in good condition. From Kuta, you can go through Denpasar, and then Ida Bagus Mantra Bypass. After that follow the route heading Klungkung. At Batu Klotok, turn left and you will arrive at Gelgel Village. From here, you are only a few meters away from Kamasan Village.

Kamasan is a village on Bali, Indonesia. It is situated just to the north of Gelgel, in the Klungkung regency. Kamasan has a cultural importance on a Bali-wide level. The various ‘traditional’ styles of painting on modern Bali are derived from the Kamasan style, which in turn takes it patterns from ancient Java. Historically, artists from Kamasan were used by the many raja courts that existed on Bali up to the early twentieth century. The village also provided gold- and silversmiths, dancers, musicians and puppeteers. The painters have a particular ward in Kamasan, the Banjar Sangging. The smiths are located in another ward, the Banjar Pande Mas. Continue reading

The Center of Gamelan Craft in Bali

Untitled-5-gong.jpgTihingan Village in Banjarangkan sub district is the center of Gong gamelan production. Its production is start with crude work then expert work to synchronize the gong sound. This, the most important thing is the expertise to synchronize the gong sound. In Tihingan village there are 2 pande (expert) gong maker groups.This Village is location in Banjarangkan sub district and can be reached with 2 wheels or 4 wheels vehicles. About 3 km go to the west of Semarapura city. The road to Tihingan is well enough.

The word gamelan in the Balinese context is thought to originate from the word ‘magambel’ which means “to hit”. A gamelan instrument is often percussive with keyed xylophones or pot gongs made of a variety of materials, gongs of various sizes, double-headed drums and cymbals.
However, not all Balinese gamelan instruments are percussive. There are also wind, bowed, plucked and strummed instruments. Continue reading