The Gebug Ende Tradition, A Rain Calling Ritual

Gebug Ende / rattan war is a rain calling ritual that takes place in Seraya Village, Kec. Karangasem, Kab. Karangasem – Bali. This rain calling ritual is usually held between October and December when residents have just planted corn in the corners of the village.

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Gebug Ende ritual, photo via

Gebug Ende is also called the rattan war. Villagers will gather, dance and get ready to hit the opponent with a rattan stick or fend off the opponent’s attack with a shield.

This shield/Ende is made from dried cowhide which is then woven in a circle.

Their “war” method is very interesting but also terrible, because they duel one-on-one using ratters without wearing clothes, only wearing traditional cloth. Inevitably the blood flowing from his body/head will flow due to the blow of a rattan, at the very least a bruise will leave every stroke of the rattan landed on his back especially Gebug is played under the blazing sun.

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JC. Princen

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