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Ngusaba Bukakak, As If You Are Watching A Parade  

by on Wednesday, 20 July 2011No Comment | 336 views

Still remember Sudaji village concealing wonderful waterfall? On last Sunday, this village was so festive. Women and men, young and old were involved in a celebration and ceremony named Ngusaba Bukakak. Ngusaba is the ceremony which is always held by each village in Bali regularly. But Ngusaba in Sudaji Village is considered unique. Ngusaba Bukakak is also held in other villages belong to Sawan District, Buleleng regency, such as Sangsit Dangin Yeh and etc.  Sangsit Dangin Yeh Village holds this procession once every two years.

This ceremony was started on Saturday where all villagers prepared everything. On the next day, villagers carried a pig and all pelinggih (the place for gods and goddesses) from Pura Bedugul Maspait Subak Dukuh Gede to Pura Bale Agung. While men were busy to make ceremonial stuffs and roast the pig at Bale Agung, women stayed and waited at Pura Bedugul.

Bukakak means the black hairy pig which is partly cooked. If you have ever seen this procession you will notice that the pig has three colors; red in the cooked area, white in the uncooked area which hair has been shaved, and black in the hairy uncooked area.

On the night, after everything were complete, all ceremonial stuffs, palinggih, and of course Bukakak (roasted pig) were carried on to Pura Bedugul. On the road the carriers which were all topless men with checkerboard patterned sarong spread the energy and do it everything cheerfully but it was still a solemn procession. It was just like Ogoh-Ogoh parade. This thing differentiates Ngusaba

Bukakak with other Ngusaba in other district. After almost 1 hour on the road, Bukakak, Palinggih, and ceremonial stuffs arrived at Pura Bedugul to be offered to lord Wisnu and goddess Sri. A note said that after all sacred procession has been done, men and women in Sangsit Yeh Dangin Village will start to dance which movements are privately theirs and created on the spot.

The head of Subak Dukuh Gede, Jero Made Darsana said that this ceremony is a legacy and has been existing since thousand years ago before Pura Bale Agung exists in Sudaji Village. Ngusaba Bukakak is aimed to express gratitude due to successful harvest and as well as to implore fertility so that on the next harvest time they will get abundant crops.

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