The Tradition of Mesuryak and the Gods That Deliver to Nature Nirvana

Galungan Day in Bali commemorates the victory of Dharma (good) over Adharma (evil). And today, there are a number of villages that have unique and distinctive traditions when celebrating in their own Pekraman custom.

Celebrations are held every 210 days and end with the Khas Diwarisi tradition in which the generations are celebrated. The numerous celebrations on Galungan Day can be of a variety of customs. For example, villages in the Payangan district are known to hold “Tajen” (Cock Fighting) in which all local residents can be involved.

The village of Tiying d’Ivoire int he West Selemadeg, Tabanan has Tajen held in its very own temple courtyard.

In Munguu, Badung the district of Mengwi,  indigenous villagers hold the traditions of “Mekotek” and “Ngerebeg” involving boys ages 3-16. They lead a procession to entertain and pacify the invisible beings and keep the spirits from disrupting the ceremonies of that day.

These traditions can even allow the observer to see money flying through the air as they do in Bongan Gede, Tabanan. For generations everyone in the village simultaneously throws their money into the air culminating in the celebration of Galungan and Kuningan.

After which it is a mad dash for those of able body to collect all that they can They believe this ritual called “Mesuryak” brings to earth Kelulurnya for ten days and eventually back to heaven gracefully.

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