Kajeng Kliwon on Tanah Lot People Point of View PDF Print E-mail

KliwooonEvery fifteen days on the Balinese calendar, a three-day cycle (Pasah, Galang Tegeh, and Kajeng) and a five-day cycle (Umanis, Paing, Pon, Wage and Kliwon) end as the day called Kajeng Kliwon. The days in Balinese religion have their own influences, either good or bad. Kajeng Kliwon is the day that has these two influences at the same time. For that reason, Kajeng Kliwon has magical power and therefor is a special day in Tanah Lot Bali. On this day extra offerings are made in the house compound, and offerings are placed at the front entrance gate on the ground, burning a coconut husk to provide smoke.

Being an especially important day for both the positive and negative aspects of the world, Kajeng Kliwon is an appropriate day for the Balinese people in tanah lot to offer more to God, with their extra offerings given in prayer. Kajeng Kliwon is also a particularly dangerous day to be bothered by evil spirits.
The offerings placed on the ground are offerings to appease these spirits, usually done late in the afternoon on this day. Offerings are also made to any objects that are considered to have magical properties. Many masks, including the Barong and Rangda masks of the village temple, need special offerings, as well as the Wayang Kulit puppets that are used for ceremonies, and the holy books or lontar. On Kajeng Kliwon the superstitious nature of the Balinese people in tanah lot is much more evident, where it is believed that you should not pick any produce on this day, it being detrimental to the health of the plant as well as the consumer.

Some of the offerings made in the house compound are small woven baskets filled with glutinous rice. These are then collected to make a delicious meal in the evening called tipat. The baskets are cut open and the steamed rice is diced and mixed with vegetables and peanut sauce and served up to the family. At Tanah Lot Temple now, many villager bring some offerings to the temple, to their booth or art shop which exist in Tanah Lot area.

This day is also auspicious for the pamusapati, ceremony in which the spirit is invited into sacred objects such as the barong, the rangda, masks, amulets, krises etc. in order to give them spiritual power. There are two Kajeng Kliwons : Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan and Kajeng Kliwon Enyitan. Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan is to neutralize the negative powers and Kajeng Kliwon Enyitan is to increase the positive powers. The rituals of both are based on sincerity and honesty. For some people that have a non-medical illness, they practise soul purification at Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan.