Organized Groups in Beraban Village PDF Print E-mail

 Beraban village also known as the villages that most of the population are still farmers. Located in Tabanan regency, which is known as a rice barn of Bali, and close with Tanah Lot Tourism Object,  that is also known as a village tour. Farmers in Beraban village  tanah lot usually have organized group or called "sekaa" literally, “to be as one", like sekaa subak and sekaa manyi.

Besides in agriculture, there are so many other sekaa like sekaa for housebuilding, for various kinds of agricultural work, for transporting goods to market, for music, dance, and drama performances, for singing and interpreting balinese poetry, for erecting and maintaining a temple at a given waterfall or a particular sacred grove, for buying and selling food, and for other tasks.

Many bandjars in Beraban village tanah lot have seka for such highly specific purposes as hunting coconut squirrels or building simple ferris wheels for holiday celebrations. Such voluntary seka may have a half dozen or a hundred members, they may last for several weeks or for years, the sons inheriting the fathers’ memberships. Some of them build up quite sizeable treasuries and profits to divide among the members, some have yearly feasts of celebration, others even lend their earnings at interest.

As sekaa loyalty is a major value in balinese culture, these voluntary groups are not just peripheral organizations but a basic part of balinese social life. Almost every balinese belongs to three or four private sekaa of this sort, and the alliances formed in them balance off those formed in the more formally organized sectors of balinese social structure in the complex cross-cutting social integration characteristic of the island. From one point of view, all of balinese social organization can be seen as a set of formal and voluntary seka intersecting with one another in diverse ways.