The Ritual of Gratitude for the Gift of Fertility in Tanah Lot Society PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 At around Tanah Lot is a lot of green paddy field. This proves other than in the tourism sector, the public at Tanah Lot is also a profession as a farmer. According to the situated of Bali's island that is near equator, Consequently, Bali has two seasons namely dry season and wet season. For Centuries, Balinese have taken full advantage of these seasons especially in the field of agriculture. Agriculture in Bali depends highly on the availability of water that greatly affected by the seasons.

There is great difference of water availability between the dry and the rainy season to cope, with this Balinese has invented a way or two. One of many ways that applied by Balinese to cope with this difference is applying three different planting seasons namely Kerta masa, Gadon, and Pabianan, based on the seasons. These planting seasons are regulated using the traditional Balinese calendar, one rotation of these three seasons, usually needs one year of Balinese traditional calendar to complete.

 

 

Usually within a year Beraban farmers in the village can harvest twice. The harvested rice must be dried in the sun for 3-4 days, depending on the weather. It is turned frequently to dry all the grains evenly. After harvested rice dry, in Bali which was harvested rice placed inside a building called JINENG or barn. In traditional Balinese society, building an ancient form of JINENG still made of bamboo and thatched. In this JINENG trusted place that is adored goddess Dewi Sri prosperity.

On this day, Sukra rainan Umanis Menail (according to the Balinese calendar) is the day of worship of the Goddess Sri with upakara or offerings to offer in JINENG / barn. As a thanksgiving to God for the gift of fertility that has been given to farmers.