Tenganan Pegringsingan is a Village that is located in the eastern part of Bali. Even among the highly spiritual villages in Bali, Tenganan Pegringsingan is still considered as a very unique and secluded one. In fact, this Village is one of the few Aga villages in Bali.
Tenganan Pegringsingan is very special in terms of cultural heritage as it is almost free from any outside influence. The villagers are trying to keep their Village pure and clean. As a result, Tenganan Pegringsingan is highly unique, even compared to other exotic villages in Bali.
Bali Aga is the actual indigenous inhabitant of Bali. Today, they mostly live in the eastern part of the island. Bali Aga, also often called Bali Mula, is the original inhabitant of Bali who had lived on this island before the arrival of Hindu migrants from Java.
Even though they later embraced Hinduism, they also still adhered to the local culture which can be seen from their distinctive language, architecture, village layout, and the artistic crafts.
If you come to the traditional village of Tenganan Pegringsingan, you will find traditional houses that are not even influenced by Melanesian architecture. Most traditional houses here have a small door, palm roof, and wooden floor.
Fences made of stone are neatly arranged. The layout of this village follows very strict rules that have been maintained for thousands of years. Every building, however small, must be placed in a predetermined position.
The majority of the villagers of Tenganan work as farmers. In between taking care of the rice fields, the people here also produce various handicrafts. The most famous one is the Gringsing fabric, which is the hallmark of Tenganan Village. The weaving method is very unique, using a double tie technique that is not found anywhere else in Indonesia.
One of the rituals performed by the people of Tenganan village is the Pandan War. Two young men were pitted against each other in a special arena. Each young man carries a weapon; a bunch of thorny pandan leaves which have sharp spines. They try to inflict each other’s bodies with lashes from the leaves’ sharp thorns. This is not a spectacle for those faint of hearts because there will be blood!
This bloody match was held as a form of physical and mental training for youth. After the battle is over, the wounds will be treated immediately using traditional ingredients made from various kinds of tubers. The wound will usually heal in a few days.
Location of the village of Tenganan Pegringsingan
Tenganan Village, administratively, is included in the Manggis District area, Karangasem Regency. This village is about 70 km from Ngurah Rai airport. This village can be accessed easily from all regions in Bali as the road infrastructure is good.
If you want to see the life of the indigenous people of Bali, come to the village of Tenganan. Here, you will be able to see that the lives of ancient Balinese are still maintained today.