upacara mekare-kare at tenganan pegringsingan village, karangasem - bali
Megeret Pandan (pandanous scratching) is a secret attraction held annually in relation to Usaba Sambah festivity at Tenganan Pegeringsingan Village. Megeret Pandan means scratching or hooking thorny pandanus leaf to the rival's body until bloody.
Tenganan Pegeringsingan is situated at Manggis district, approximately 70 km from Denpasar. It is near Candidasa and can be easily reached by public or private vehicles.
Tenganan is one of several ancient villages in Bali, which is usually called "Bali Aga". There are some versions of story telling us the history of Tenganan village. Some say that the word Tenganan was derived from the word "tengah" or "ngatengahang" which means "move to the inner area". This derivation of word was having a relation with the movement of the villagers from the seaside to a rural area, in which the position of this village is in the middle of hills, that are western hill (Bukit Kauh) and eastern hill (Bukit Kangin).
As an ancient village, Tenganan Pegeringsingan is identical with religious activities. Many temple festivals performed in this village that attract visitors to come. The most famous one is "Mekare-kare" or "Perang Pandan" and also called Megeret Pandan. This is a ceremonial fight or war using thorny pandanous leaves as the weapon. This festival usually takes place in relation to the celebration of Usaba Sambah on Sasih Kelima or the fifth Balinese month. Many other uniqueness of custom and culture can be found here that make Tenganan worth to visit.