The Chronicles Of Chinese Community in Bali: Part 2
The Role Of Chinese Community in Securing Frontiers and in Giving Names to Several Areas
The coming of Chinese community to Bali and to the frontiers of Bangli Empire had been discussed on the previous post. Bangli King on that time trusted Chinese people to be guardians to secure frontiers between Bangli and other empires. Chinese people didn’t only help Bangli Empire to guard the frontiers but also influence in giving the name of some nearby areas.
Lampu village is the name which is considered influenced by Chinese who secured the frontier. As usual there are some versions of how Chinese influenced the name of this village. At least there were 11 Chinese people who helped Bangli to secure Bangli-Buleleng border. On that war some Chinese people were killed and one of them was Ming Seng An. This figure seemed very important person that his name never die though his body had been buried. His gravestone even became the sign of a frontier zone. In addition the name of Ming Seng An is identical with Musengan, a green village in Bangli.
Chinese people who were still alive held the burial procession for Ming Seng An. Afterwards they moved to the north while bringing torches. In the middle of nowhere, the torches were off suddenly. Those Chinese people believed this was a sign to stop. They decided to stay at that area in which people named it Lampu Village since those people lighted many lampions at that place for a few days, as the sign that they were still in a very deep sorrow. Lampu is lamp in English.
Another version is when the troop of Buleleng Empire tried to penetrate to the frontier dozens of Chinese people tricked them using lampions. Knowing that their amount smaller Chinese Troop set a trick. One of them installed many lampions behind the trees on the noon. And lit them when Buleleng troop penetrated the frontier on the night to spoil the concentration and made a camouflage that Bangli troop was huge. People who saw so many lampions named that area Lampu Village.
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