Before the 1970’s Tenganan Pegringsingan (about 5 minutes from the sleepy beach side town of Candi Dasa) was known by anthropologists to be one of the most secluded societies of the archipelago. This area is also known as part of the Bali Aga region where the indigenous people of Bali live.

 It took about 2 hours to get there and surprisingly we weren’t stuck behind any ceremonies. The time went by singing to Ed Sheeran and watching James Corden Carpool Karaoke on my phone (a secret obsession). We drove through ‘poor areas’ according to Liam and closer to the village we came across the Bat temple (Goa Lawah), misty mountains and rice fields.

After an early lunch at a cute little cafe in Candi Dasa, we arrived at the normally quiet village, which was very busy with activity and excitement from locals, visitors and professional photographers from all around the world.

Before we walked in Demi got changed into a colourful Balinese outfit that I bought at the traditional market and I convinced Liam to wear a white shirt on top of his t-shirt, but the deal was it had to be buttoned open.

The main event is the Perang Pandan, a war dance ceremony also referred to locally as ‘mekare-kare’. We learned that it is a mass coming-of-age ritual, dedicated to the Hindu god of war and the sky, Indra, which sees friendly duels between all male villagers, who bout each other armed with a small rattan shield in one hand and a tied packet of thorny ‘pandan’ leaves in the other.

 

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