Worship the God of War with Perang Pandan Tradition

Tenganan Village, Pengringsingan, Karangasem, Bali has a unique tradition called “Perang Pandan” that are well known to all over the world. With bare-chested, the right hand of participants holding a bundle of spiked pandan leaves and in the left hand holding shield made of rattan.

Ranging from children, young adults, to the elderly, by turns entering the arena which is devoted to conducting Perang Pandan. Injuring their each opponents body with spiked pandan, that is doing in Perang Pandan tradition. Not to forget, the sound of gamelan Selonding characteristic of Tenganan Pegringsingan, accompanying the ongoing match. 

After a few minutes, the wounds start to seem in the body of the participants. Even though it hurt, but they do it with happiness. Sounds of cheering youths and spectators in the arena. In this tradition, there is no enforcement for anyone who wants to play first. According to Sudiastika, Perang Pandan is not just to showcase for the power. This annual tradition as a symbol of tribute to Lord Indra (God of War)., worshiped by Tenganan Village’s people.

There is no term win or lose in Perang Pandan. ”This is not a competition, but a form of homage to our Lord”, said one of participant, I Kadek Sulatra. For Sulatra, Perang Pandan are considered the most sincere tribute to the Lord, when his blood sacrificed. Perang Pandan is the sacrifice of the followers of the Lord Indra himself. If not conducted, there will be untoward incident.

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