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Tumpek Landep: The Auspicious Ceremony for Sharpening Metallic Objects, Hearts and Minds.

Text and photos by Darma Putra

At least four times a year visitors to Bali will bear witness to cars and motorbikes cruising the streets of the island decorated with ‘sampian’ and ‘lamak’ – offerings made of young coconut leaves and fl owers. The decorations mark that the cars and motorbikes have been blessed through ceremonious rituals.

Such rituals take place on Kuningan and Tumpek Landep, both ‘pawukon’ days based on the Balinese lunar calendar that fall every six months (210 days). While ceremonies held on Kuningan are part of the great Hindu holiday of Galungan, a day in celebration of the glory of good against evil, thus not in connection with vehicles. (more…)

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