Adulthood in Balinese Point of View
Adulthood, a concept that constantly appears in every community across the globe, each culture has its own parameters to determine whether its member has reached adulthood or not. And Balinese also has its own way in determining adultness.
As a matter of fact there is nos specific word which means “adult” in Balinese language. To denote the concept of adult Balinese usually use the word “tua” which mainly means “old”. Balinese considered “old” (adult) as soon as they get married, though they are only teenage but when they get married they are adult in Balinese custom and considered eligible to bear all the the responsibility of adult Balinese.
When Balinese get married, they take all the religious and social responsibilities (pemanes) from their parents, all community works, temple obligations, and family works is transferred from parents to newly married couple since they are now considered adult and ready to take all the responsibility from their parents.