Geret Pandan or Mekare Kare
Tenganan Village is one of the ancient village with a native Balinese. This village has a wide area of approximately 1,500 hectares. Houses and customs were retained as the original. This is because society of Tenganan has customary village rules are very powerful, which they call the awig-awig. In addition, the offspring is also maintained by matings between fellow villagers. Walled villages like fortress. Lawangan or village entrance in the four corners. Tenganan Pegringsingan people call the village of spatial concepts as Jaga Satru (guard from an enemy attack).
So far this kind of battle demonstration Relating to the origin of the village and its people there are myth still alive among the residents. Any way such myth has the same nature with almost all ethnic or tribe's claim to their ancestor's divine origin. Scientific research at the present stage could give us only at a level of theoretical understanding about the origin of people, and their existence.
The Perang Pandan is one of the famous tradition which has listed in Indonesian Tourism Annual Event. The humanity of a society is not just measured by how people treat their friends but how they care for their enemies. Held in the range of June until Tenganan village has a precious custom on a based community forest. This village has maintained their forest and all its contents for centuries. Their anchestors know the meaning of a forest for their sustainability life.
The mekare-kare is an annual theatrical fight between the young men of the village, utilising prickly pandanus leaf whips! Each dual is staged to the intense martial sounds of ‘gamelan selonding’ music, and lasts only a few seconds, accompanied by much merriment and laughter. The attacks are warded off with tightly woven ‘ata’ vine shields; there are no winners and no losers because the objective is to draw blood as an offering to the gods. After the battles, the combatants’ wounds are treated with a stinging mixture of alcohol and turmeric, leaving no scars.
During festivals such as this, the women of the village wear the famous hand-woven double ikat textiles, known as ‘Geringsing’. Tenganan is the only place in Indonesia where this double weaving technique is practised and the ritually significant, magic cloth haas the power to protect the wearer from sickness and evil vibrations. On the first day of the mekare-kare, the unmarried maidens of the village ride creaky wooden ferris wheels, which are manually operated by the men. The turning symbolises the descent of the sun to the earth. Mekare-kare takes place in Tenganan every year in June or July as part of the Usaba Sambah festival. Visitors, however, are welcomed to the fortress-like village at anytime of year during daylight hours; many of the houses function as shops and workshops where expert craftsmen and women perform their centuries-old skills. This living museum is well worth a visit!
Others unique traditional attraction in Bali:
Mekepung Jembrana, Omed-Omedan, Geret Pandan War, Gebug Ende, Tipat Bantal War