Deliberation To Achieve Consensus In The Tradition Of Mbed-Mbedan

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  • Desa Adat Semate, Kecamatan Mengwi, Badung


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Deliberation To Achieve Consensus In The Tradition Of Mbed-Mbedan.

Exchanging opinions to reach consensus is a tradition that runs until now in Bali. This tradition is depicted in a group game, called Mbed-mbedan. This traditional game is held after Nyepi Day in Bali. Precisely implemented in the Adat Semate Village, Mengwi District, Badung Regency.

Historically, the descendants of Mpu Gnijaya moved to the eucalyptus forest because they did not agree with the king's actions. One day, Rsi MPU Bantas conducted a holy trip to the forest area. When getting answers about the disagreement with the king, Rsi MPU Bantas then gave advice for residents to build a place of worship. Because the place is haunted, the suggestion from Rsi to build a temple is carried out by residents for safety.

Then the White Semate Temple was built. The name Putih Semate is taken from a residential area that is overgrown with eucalyptus, while Semate has reached an agreement or one thought. Residents who live in this area do not want to bow to other parties and agree to live the same life, hence it is called Putih Semate. Rsi MPU Bantas wanted to continue the journey, but previously he gave a message that every year to carry out Mbed-Mbedan on the first day of Sasih Kadasa or the day after Nyepi Day.

Before the tradition started, the krama gathers around in the temple with an upakara in the form of tipat bantal and pray. After the ceremony, each krama walks to the front of the temple and prepares to hold Bun Kalot. The term, Bun Kalot, is a term for a rope made from tree roots. This tradition is quite interesting because there is a team in charge of tickling the tug of war participants. The Mbed-mbedan team is adjusted based on gender. Even so, this game can be followed by all ages. Exciting, right?

When the signal is on, then the game begins. The team that is able to hold the rope until the end of the game is the winner. Otherwise, the one who release the rope will lose the game. However, the game isn’t about win or lose, because the tradition of pulling a rope with the strength of the hand is quite symbolic. This activity symbolizes a deliberation to reach consensus, so tugging on opinions will be the main thing in finding joint solutions. This traditional game is not only exciting but also contains philosophy for the local community. Well, after the game is over, the whole krama will eat the tipat bantal together and forgive each other's mistakes whether it’s intentional or not.