Trance at Temple Festival in Bali
Trance is very common in every temple ceremony in Bali.
In Bali, trance serves as medium to satisfy the supernatural
world. It is often used in every cultural religious Balinese
Visitors to Bali will have a special treat when scores
of Balinese are in a state of trance during sacred ritual
at Petilan Pengerebomgan Temple, Kesiman Village, East
of Denpasar. The sacred ritual will be held to coincide
with Temple Festival on August 29, 2004.
The ritual begins in the afternoon and is called 'ngerebong'.
During the ritual, a group of temple adherents who are
in a state of trance stab themselves with 'kris', a short
dagger, to show that the ritual proceeds accordingly.
A cock fighting is also held in the morning as part of
Balinese believe that trance is a way of god (Bhatara)
and his followers or the guardians (Ancangan) to show
their presence in the ceremony. Trance as a ceremonial
medium is believed to be the manifestation of a God who
has agreed to come to the ceremony. A trance is inseparable
from a ceremony because it adds to the humility and subservience
of a ceremony.
When a group of people gets into trance, they will scream
and stab themselves with a kris but there is no bleeding
from their body. Other hold fire until it dies down but
there's no pain on their hands and bodies.