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Rejang Renteng at Ida Bhatara Turun Kabeh  

by on Tuesday, 30 March 2010One Comment | 499 views

Photo courtesy of Widnyana Sudibya

Yesterday, Monday (March 29, 2010) that coincide with with the full moon of the tenth month (Kadasa) of Caka calendar, the Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony (gods descend all together) was held in Besakih, the mother temple of Bali. The Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony is held once a year on the full moon of Kadasa, but a Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony is held once every five years. The ceremony last for eleven days until Friday (April 9,2010). Balinese believe that when this ceremony is held when the gods of all the temples in Bali gather in the main temple (Penataran Agung) of Besakih temple complex.

Like people, the gods that descend to attend this grand ceremony need to be sheltered, fed and entertained. The temple and offerings take care of the room and board, and the entertainment is provided by music and dances. Hundreds of musicians and dancers give their best performance to entertain the Gods in this grand ceremony during this eleven-days ceremony.

And for the peak of the ceremony yesterday, some sacred dances and performances were held in the inner courtyard of Penataran Agung Temple in Besakih, but the grandest performance was Rejang Renteng Dance; 150 women performed this grand Rejang Renteng dance. This dance is usually performed only in the inner courtyard of the temple when a temple anniversary is held. All the dancers are connected with a yellow scarf, and dance in line with the first dancers holds an offering for God. The performance Rejang Renteng yesterday was magnificent, the dancers danced gracefully with elegant movement and poses.

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