Organization of the Village

One moonlight night the sound of a Kul kul calling the village members to the monthly meeting in The Bale Agung “the big house” there sat the elder of the village, cross-legged in two rows facing one another, talking quietly and focused.

Each in the allotted place was carefully avoiding the empty seats of those who hadn’t yet arrived. Eventually the bale agung is filled. When everybody was present, the head of the assembly hall, called the rolled while the two assistants went around and check if everybody was properly dressed by wearing the ceremony outfit and kriss.

Thus the elders of the village meet at each full moon to participate in the company of their gods. The assistants distributed the holy grain rice and placed it onto their forehead. When the process completed, the oldest member sat at the extreme end of bale agung.

In praying position and recited a rousing speech to call upon ancestral spirits, pitara to join the banquet. With a clear voice he called “kaki! Kaki” grand pa! Grand pa” followed by formula invitation. Then he took his seat again at the head of the council by the side of little wooden throne dedicated to spirits of the village.

Every body then unwind, breaking the tense silence, discussed the affair of the village, the improvement of the temple, the next feast even gossiped in a while before taking some leftovers of rice in banana leaf to share with the family at home.

The ceremony was setting a marvelous religious significance of social organization of the village; the close relationship between the cult of the ancestors and the administration of the community.

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