Tumpek Landep, A Specific Ritual for Heirloom Keris

Hundreds of heirloom keris in various shapes and sizes arranged neatly, complete with their identity and the year it was made put in a large room in Neka Museum, Ubudartist village, Gianyar regency.

The first private museum in Indonesia, which was open officially on July 7, 1982 or 31 years ago, initially only collected paintings, sculpture, however, since November 20,2005 or eight years ago enriched with additional collection of keris.

It was set by the United Nations agency in charge of Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) that has confirmed the Indonesian keris as a masterpiece of the humanity heritage belonging to the whole nation in the world, said the founder and manager of the Neka Museum, Pande Wayan Suteja Neka (70).

The collection of keris before could be easily counted by fingers but now it has increased into 300, in addition to a collection of 312 different kinds of paintings and sculptures.

Heading to Tumpek Landep celebration, special offerings for the keris and other objects made of iron, steel, silver and gold that falls on a Saturday, August 24, the husband of Gusti Made Srimin explained that in 2012 for example, he managed to add 88 more kris.

The Keris collection that generally are hundreds years “hunted” one by one from various corners of the countryside in Bali as well as from a number of areas in Indonesia.

From hundreds Kris collection, 27 pieces of them are inherited from the time of kingdom reign in Bali, such as keris Ki Baju Rantai from Puri Agung Karangasem, the eastern part of Bali and Ki Gajah Petak from Puri Kanginan Singaraja, north coast of the island.

Similarly, kris Ki Belang Uyang from Puri Agung Ubud and approximately 100 tough (ancient) kris, which is taken from various regions in Indonesia.

The kris collection is also classified as Kamardikan kris, the keris made by master craftsman after Indonesian Independence, or more than half a century old.

Whereas previously the kris kept by the castle, it only scan be een once in 420 days (six months) when the ritual “Tumpek Landep” happens.

Inauguration by the UNESCO to Indonesian kris as a masterpiece of humanity heritage that belongs to all nations of the world make the existence of Indonesian keris, as well as internationally awarded.

The recognition was indirectly raised the keris in Bali, so it is not only regarded as sacred objects for ritual activities completeness, but also as themagnified arts and cultural objects.

Keris for the Balinese people regarded as sacred, because most of the religious rituals involving the keris as one of complements, Pande Suteja Nekasaid.

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