A Balinese Ritual To Animal
Created : 29 April 2016
Balinese have followed their beliefs and culture for centuries now. Religion is inseparable from everyday life, from simple daily rituals to grandiose temple festivals. No opportunity is lost to worship their gods in an unending series of ceremonies; mantras are chanted endlessly. One of the many important ceremonies held by the Balinese Hindu is Tumpek Kandang a day dedicated to Sang Hyang Rare‐Angon, master of all cattle and livestock to honour and bless domesticated animals
Celebrated last month on the 9th, rituals took place at every farm and family compound. During the celebration, cows receive special treatment. In Bali, cows are highly honoured because they always assist farmers in plowing their rice fields. The cows are washed and dressed‐up like human beings, with special cone‐shaped spirals of coconut leaves placed on their horns. The pigs are usually decorated, with their bellies wrapped in a white cloth. The animals are then fed with special food. Prayers are offered and they are sprinkled with rice and holy water.