Tumpek Landep, the Day when Balinese Prays for a Sharper Mind


This Saturday, Balinese Hindus celebrate one of the important holy days in Bali called Tumpek Landep day. Tumpek Landep is the day when Balinese prays to the God of Heirlooms as symbol asking for a sharper mind, in accordance to spirituality and mentality. This holy day is devoted to Sang Hyang Pasupati, the God of Heirlooms. On Balinese calendar, Tumpek Landep is celebrated once in every 210 days, precisely on Saniscara Wage Wuku Landep, which on this day Balinese symbolically put the offerings and the prays for metallic equipment, such as machinery, vehicles, kitchen equipment, and others, on a ceremony that takes place inside the house, home yard, and temple. Weapons, such as traditional keris (wavy double-bladed dagger), guns, spears, and others, and metallic equipment are symbolically worshiped in order that it will bring safety and fortune to the owner and the user. Tumpek Landep is basically held to sharpen mind, to be implemented to do goodness, because Balinese believe that the highest level and the greatest weapon of human being is their mind, which can bring someone to a better life. And by sharpen the mind, Balinese hopes that it will brings more intelligence, to face and overcome the enemy from inside human’s body, such as poverty, stupidity, and many problems in life.

As the sign that the ceremony is done, some ornaments are usually hanged on the offered equipment, as a gratitude to the God for great mind and knowledge.  For example the metallic equipment, people usually decorate them with ornaments called tamiang and sampian gantung made from coconut leaf. Balinese also pray that by celebrating the Tumpek Landep holyday, the sharp mind will use those equipments positively.

It will be a great time for tourist or traveler who is in Bali during this holyday, it will be a very great moment for them to watch how Balinese decorate their vehicle with offerings.

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