Hey guys, this is a unique tradition in Bali that you must to know. This tradition held by Balinese people that live in Tenganan Dauh Tukad village, Banana War tradition. As we know that Tenganan is an old village in Bali that famous as “Bali Aga”. What is interesting point of Banana War ceremony? can you imagine this unique tradition from Bali? war with using Banana for the weapons in a war. Banana Wars ceremony will be held in the village of Tenganan Dauh Tukad, Manggis district, Karangasem regency, that’s about 60 km from Denpasar, Bali.
This war isn’t only for finding the winner in this war, banana war is done in order to conduct the selection of chairman and deputy chairman of the youth groups in the village. The aim is to conduct a test and a mental test to the candidates who will be the leader of the local village. They must pass the exam in this tradition if you want a “career” of a youth leader in Tenganan running smoothly. The process will be joining at least 16 youths chosen by indigenous “Kelian” as opposed to a war against a candidate for chairman and vice-chairman of the youth group of the village. Overall youth of 16 people then gathered in the corner of the village, at the end of the village is their place to change clothes. Their clothes replaced with traditional customize clothes, balinese sarong (Kamben), and headgear called “Udeng”.
Implementation own unique war carried out in conjunction with Aci Katiga (ceremony on the third month in a calendar system Tenganan). Before the war started, usually young people for the first step will pick bananas to be used in war. On the opposite end of the street, stand two young men who will be the opponent, they are candidates for the chairman and deputy chairman of the village youth groups. This war will be considered finished when the two leaders are already entering the temple into the terminal on their way to war.