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The Most Popular Bali Traditional Games  

by on Saturday, 3 September 2011No Comment | 1,069 views

At school, Balinese children are not only taught about Balinese language but also some traditional games. As the consequence, Balinese children start to learn how to socialize while playing traditional games in the nearby field in early age. Though must say they also spend hours playing online game and play station.

Three Balinese traditional games which are popular among the children are Gala gala, Bakiak/Terompah, and Tajog. These three games are also competed in Pekan Olahraga Desa (Village Sport Week) besides Madagongan.

Gala gala is a game involving two groups; each consists of 5 persons. The field size is 21 meter in length. This field is divided into three parts horizontally. In the meantime a line also divides the field into two parts vertically. One group acts as line keeper and another group is the player. Each person in line keeper group stands on each line to keep someone from another group getting in. Once a person from player group succeeds to pass the last line without being touched by the line keeper, the group will get 1 point. Each person who have passed the last line has to go back to pass the first line to get another point. Whenever the line keeper touches the player then their position as line keeper and player is reversed.

Unlike Gala gala which field is a mandatory, Bakiak/Terompah is a traditional game which has no strict field size. Bakiak/Terompah refers to wooden sandals. In Bali, Bakiak has three or more ankle places. So each group consisting of three or more persons has to harmonize their steps so that they won’t fall. The fastest group who reach the finish line is considered the winner. This game is really fun because sometimes the groups will fall and it makes the audiences laugh.

Besides Gala gala, Balinese children also learn how to play Tajog. Tajog is the name of a couple of bamboo containing footrests so someone can stand on them and walk or even run. When playing Tajog you will look like having very long legs. Keeping the balance while walking or running is the challenge of this game.

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