THE IMPORTANCE OF SINCERE HOLY OFFERING CEREMONIES

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Indri in the center with EBPP school friends.

By Indri ,Grade III Senior High School  student, EBPP Cegi School

I was born in a small hamlet called Cegi in Ban Village, located on the slopes of Mount Agung, far away from the city of Denpasar. One of the most interesting aspects of living in our village is the Hindu ceremony. Each year or six months, depending on the practices of your village temples (Pura) such as Pura Desa, Pura Puseh, and Pura Dalem  (called Pura Kahyangan Tiga orThree Celestial Temples), a religious ceremony is held. During this time, everyone from our village who has moved away will make the long trip back home just to celebrate this special event.

We are always very excited for this celebration, called Odalan Ceremony. Each temple that holds the ceremony is special, however the event held in Pura Dalem is the most celebrated because it is the biggest temple in the village and often many people from outside our village come and join. To make the celebration succeed, our Kelian Adat (Traditional village Leader) encourages everyone from the village to participate.

 

sembahyang 1When there is a ceremony, we always prepare everything a week in advance. When the time comes, everyone in our hamlet will work together (gotong-royong) in the temple, when even the students must help with the preparations, meaning that sometimes we could not go to school on those days.

Before we became students in the EBPP School, we didn’t know about the ceremonies and knew nothing about the meaning of them. But once we learnt more about our religion, its different ceremonies, and the importance of spending time learning and working together to create a balanced relationship between human with God (Parhayangan), Human with other Human (Pawongan), and Human with environment (Palemahan). In Hinduism, this is called “Tri Hita Karana” (the three elements to preserve the balance, compatibility and the harmony between human and God, other humans and the environment).

 

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