A Tale From North: Pedawa Village
Buleleng, the northernmost area of Bali conceals an old Balinese village in which culture and arts are different from today’s Balinese village. The community has their own traditional costumes and a special dialect. Due to these special characteristics, this village amazed many people by presenting a special performance at the opening of Bali Art Festival, last June.
Desa Pedawa or Pedawa Village is situated at Buleleng regency, in the district of Banjar. Formerly, this village’s name was Gunung Tambleg as the people were so simple and also poorly developed. When the people’s activities had been changed to collect the nectar and process it to be Gula Sari (Sari Sugar), the name of village was changed to be Gunung Sari.
Well, must say that the source is not clear enough in explaining why this area is also called Pedawa. But it is related to the ancient literature. It mentions that traditionally, people lived in Gunung Sari had an extraordinary habit in treating the dead bodies. They were not buried or burned. The dead bodies of children were thrown away in between the branches or in the holes of trees while the adult bodies were put under the tree and encircled by hibiscus and kind of provisions. All those ‘awkward’ things were revolutionized by a king, Sri Maha Raja Bima. The villagers knew that Bima belongs to Pandawa family (in puppet shadow show). From that time besides Gunung Sari this village is also known as Pedawa.
Pedawa Village is one of the still existing Balinese ancient villages in which the dialect is dramatically different from others. Balinese which is spoken so fast with flat rhythm is the special characteristic of the Pedawa dialect. In the meantime, the pictures attached with this article show that their traditional costume can be distinguished from general Balinese costumes. Pedawa traditional female costume features golden headband and long scarf covering the neck while men wear flower crown.
One thing that should be mentioned is people in Pedawa have a significant different in culture and habit. Married people are obliged to have a sacred Hindu temple made from bamboo. Besides differently unique culture and habit, Pedawa Village is also renowned for the sugar production.
Although the Pedawa culture is definitely different, many facts are still unknown. For sure it dates to back to the ancient times; recently found sarcophaguses are helpful in efforts to try to reveal the history from this unique piece of Bali.
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