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Tumpek Wayang

Tumpek Wayang is a traditional Balinese holiday and sacred festival of Hindus on the island, celebrated every 210 days.

This festival brings together puppeteers who perform purification rites (ruwatan) to physically and mentally purify their bodies.

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Tumpek Wayang is necessary for the locals because it represents various transitions on the traditional calendar and connects the following days: Saniscara, Kajeng, Kilown and Wayang. As a transitional point, this holiday plays a sacred role for locals.

Another key aspect of these celebrations that make the day so special is that devout Balinese celebrate the day as one that marks the birth of the Lord Kala. Local mythology hints that the birth of Kala may have resulted from unplanned intercourse between the Shiva god and the Uma goddess. However, it is important to note that there are several variations to this mythology.

These variations, however, all point to the coming together of Shiva and Uma, which is why each celebration involves purification rites followed by the signature puppet show. This show is staged at the different temples and is titled ‘Sapuh Leger’.

Whenever you are in Bali during Tumpek Wayang, look out for the puppet shows staged at different locations. Interact with the locals to learn a thing or two about their culture.


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Ceremonies are conducted at temples and villages around the Island, Bali, Indonesia

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