Siat Sampian War Tradition in Gianyar, Bali

Siat Sampian

The tradition of Siat Sampian war using Janur held in Pura Samuan Tiga, Bedulu Village, Blahbatuh Sub-district, Gianyar Regency. (Janur is a young leaf of several types of large palms, especially coconut, enau, and Rumbia-wiki)

Traditions and war performances in the playing atmosphere have a sacred value. Janur was assembled in such a way and was made a weapon to attack or be called a Sampian.

Siat Sampian performances held in the series of Odalan ceremony in Pura Samuan Tiga is done by women or men who have been specially choosen by Ida Batara through the ceremony of Pawintenan (self-purification).

In this tradition of Siat Sampian war, Every player could attacking and hitting each other without distinguishing the friends or opponents. Performances in the order of this Siat Sampian tradition are held regularly every year,

This Siat Sampian is preceded by Nampiog, which is to dance around the temple 11 times clockwise (Purwa Daksina). The next activity is the Ngombak or mimic the wave movements performed in the Middle Jaba (Middle yard). The players lined up hand holding each other, back forth in front of the pelingih. Forming a mesh-like formation if compared to the game “interpreter”.

Repeated movements were then followed by Ngindang, flying like a bird then took the sampian from a certain shrines. Each player takes a sampian (sometimes allowed two), then instantly holds a siat or war.

In the war game, each player views the Playmate as an enemy. They will chase each other, hit each other and avoid each other

War has increased the heat accompanied by a very dynamic gong and Angklung clubbing. As well as thundering cheer cheers audience following the game atmosphere.

If each Jro Permas has successfully hit his playmate three times, then the game can be terminated. All the sampians used by the weapons were restored to their original place.


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