Siat Geni – Another Unique War in Paradise Island


Tradition and religion activities cannot be spread from Balinese people daily life. Many traditions are dangerous like Fire War or Siat Geni. This is unique tradition which still kept by local society. Have you heard Fire War or Siat Geni before? If you didn’t know about it, this article will give you some information.perang-apiThe fire war or siat geni tradition is unique tradition held every 2 years which occur one day before the silent day (Nyepi day) exactly on Pengerupukan. Local people called this tradition with Ter-Teran. This tradition held in the eastern part of bali, in Jasri village Karangasem or take 2 hours from Ngurah Rai International Airport. This tradition has been held for hundreds of years. The majority Balinese Hindu society believe it that role significant in the human spirit and the soul away from all the invisible nuisance factors.

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The fire war will start around 6pm in the evening after the sun going down. The location takes place at the central road in Jasri village which goes to Tulamben. Just follow the road through the Jasri Beach then after the petrol station you will find cross section with a statue of a woman holding snake fruit and just go straight around 100m.

The procession started by the villagers having a ceremonial or caru offerings then everybody gathered on the street holding dry coconut leafs which has been tied around the size of human arms. The leaf for hit other participant and used as the weapon for each side of the groups. Within the two groups separated by a wire made from plastic thread as a marker of each side territory.

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The fire war is mean to be a symbolic event of self control where during the war every one of the participants will throw the fire with emotions and at the same time must be alert to avoid danger. After the ceremony completed usually around 5 rounds no one should keep the anger or revenge. Beside of that, the function of fire war is to extrude or burn the bad spirit from invisible nuisance factors (Bhuta Kala).

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