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Serongga Story  

by on Thursday, 1 September 2011No Comment | 936 views

Still remember Serongga Village in Gianyar which celebrated Ngusaba Dalem on August 13th ? If you don’t, reading this article ( may help you to remind it. This village near Lebih Beach has unique stories related to the past. Maybe you feel that some stories are unbelievable but they are told as the truth by the village officials.

Serongga community had ‘Sungsungan’ (a sacred thing in shape of Rangda or Barong which has magic power and they are placed in Pura) in the form of Barong Ket made by Ida Anak Agung Gede Kepandean, one of Serongga’s village elders. But Serongga community doubted they could fulfill all requirements as the consequence of having that Barong Ket as Sungsungan.

So after discussing, people of Serongga decided to burn that Sungsungan and made a new one. The body of this Barong was able to be burned but not the head/mask. Because they were not successful destroyed the head, this part was thrown away to the sea. This is hard to believe but on the next day people found it back in the temple. Once again Serongga people burned it and thrown it away to the sea.  This time the head of Barong was split into two: one part was found by a farmer in Batu Klotok (Klungkung) and another is found by a farmer in Sedayu (Klungkung).

Story about this Sungsungan was widespread. This man from Sedayu tried to match it with the part found at Batu Klotok. He then used this head of Barong as a scarecrow and magic happened. He got abundant corps as the result more than ever. This news made people from Tojan (Batu Klotok) asked the Barong back and utilized it as their Sungsungan in their village after completed it with new body part and named it as Ida Ratu Gede Tojan. Tojan people also asked another sacred thing or ‘tapakan’ in the form of Rangda from Serongga village. While Serongga people made another ‘Sungsungan’ named Ida Ratu Gede Serongga from a sacred tree.

The fact, their Sungsungan really take care on people. For example, when Mt. Agung erupted in 1963. Tojan people were staying in the temple while the lava flowed to the temple and that made people panic. In that situation they saw Ida Ratu Gede Tojan on the wall and suddenly the lava flow turned to other way. In 1967, a phenomenal thing happened ; Ida Ratu Gede Serongga tear as much as two bowls. And his tears was sprayed to the people.

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