Perang Pandan ( Mekare – Kare )

Symbolic Mekare kare (duel between two young men, who is respective armed with two pieces of thorny pandanous leaves on the right hand and an armour made of plaited rattan on the left), held at South Block (Patemu Kelod), at 04.00 pm. while swinging rituals on the ancient swing attended by maidens and little girls in their finest traditional dress at 06.00 pm and ended with prayer at Pura Banjar.

Mekare kare as main rituals, is a warrior dance involving participants (couple of young men) who are completed respectively with pieces of thorny pandanous leaves as their arms on the right hand and an armour made of pleated rattan on the left. The event is preceded by rituals held at some temples attended by only maidens at 07.00 am. and ended up with prayer at Pura Banjar at 06.00 pm.

Second day of Mekare kare, held at the Central Block (Patemu Tengah), preceded by a procession of the village members around the village accompanied by Baleganjur Gong orchestra at 12.00 noon. Initiated with Geguron music play, Abwang dance performed by bachelors, then Mekare kare starts participated by anybody who is interested (even outsider). One of the conditions is he must be dressed up traditionally, no matter his age, young, old or even little boys. The stressing is on the dancing characteristics, nobody to lose or win.

This event is followed afterwards by various religions activities such as chanting holy hymn and prayer held at Pura Banjar and Rejang dance performed by young girls at 06.00 pm. The whole event is then ended up with Abwang dance performed by bachelors and maidens of the village at Subak Daha at 09.00 pm.


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