Tradition of ‘Siat Sampian’ War

Tradition of ‘Siat Sampian’ War


Tradition which is held annually at Samuan Tiga Temple also attracts the attention of foreign tourists, as quoted from the article of Sampian War in Samuan Tiga Tempe.

In the article also explained that, prior to this tradition started, there was Nampiog ceremony, Ngober and Meguak-guakan. In this ceremony, hundreds of people surround the temple area while moving their hands like a crow (Goak).

The procession was followed by Permas or women who have been purified. Besides, local pemangku (Hindu priests) also participated surrounding the temple area.

After the procession is done followed by Ngombak ceremony. At this ceremony there are 46 women, and 309 men or ‘sameton parekan’ which has also been purified are joining ceremony of Ngombak (doing motion like waves).

This ceremony is done by holding hands with each other, then move like waves. After the ceremony, the men and women immediately take ‘sampian’ (decoration of young coconut leaves for offerings), hit each other and throwing or sampian war each other.

“Nampiog, Ngober, Meguak-guakan and Ngombak are purification process before Siat sampian is done,” said I Wayan Patra, traditional leaders in Samuan Tiga Temple.

Then what is the meaning contained in this tradition?

“Sampian is a symbol of Lord Vishnu weapon, and the weapon is used to combat Adharma (evil). Philosophy drawn from this tradition is to get rid of Adharma or evil from the earth, “said Patra.

In addition to the symbols of war against evil, Siat Sampian is also to celebrate the unification of various religious sects (Hinduism) in Bali, in addition to pleading seen and unseen welfare.

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