Omen and House Compound
Omen for Balinese is an important thing and it can be a serious problem if it occurs inside a house compound. For Balinese an ill omen if it occurs inside a house compound, it signifies that the house compound is “hot”. A “hot” house compound in Balinese point of view is not fit for living since it will bring misfortune for its inhabitants, make them ill, confuse, short tempered, quarrel with no apparent reason, and have short life span.
Omen that occurs in a house compound that signifies the “hot” condition of the house compound is usually in the form of the birth of strange animal for example a cat with three eyes, a dog with two tails, etc; the appearance of strange plant such as coconut with two or three branches; bees or wasps make a nest inside the house; snakes come out of nowhere inside the house compound; blood come out of nowhere, thousands of worms come out of nowhere in the house compound or big fungus growth on the wall of the house.
Accident, death, or fight that cause blood to be shed on the ground is considered an ill omen that signifies a “hot” house compound. Accidents that can be classified as an ill omen are as follow: a tree falls down on the house or family temple with no apparent reason; a house, a kitchen or family temple falls down; someone runs amuck into the house compound or some injured himself badly until blood shed to the ground.
In-natural Death that occur in the house compound is considered an ill omen, kinds of death that can be categorized as ill omen are as follow: suicide, death because of falling down, strangled, robbed, stabbed, giving birth, attacked by animals, speared, cut, hit by weapon or other things or hit by falling structure. Death while sleeping also belongs to this category.
All aforementioned omens are considered lethal by Balinese and an immediate action of holding an elaborate ritual to restore the balance of the house compound has to be taken. A “hot” house compound has to restore to a “cool” one so everyone can live in it in harmony.