In every village in Bali, there are several temples and at least one small one in each home. One can therefore safely say that there are more temples than homes in Bali. Most of these temples are shrines and might not be regarded as actual temples, but the number of walled compounds is believed to reach to a total of 10,000.
The temple is known for a very specific event called: "Ngerebong", when a group of the temple's adherents carrying effigies, Barong and Rangda as sacred personifications of deities, move in procession around the temple's hall. Most of them are in trance, stabbing them with "keris", the sacred dagger.
Another ritual called "Tabuh Rah" is held in the morning when two cocks involved in a duel till one of them falls dead and its blood shed to the ground. The rituals are held every 210 days. The temple is located at Kesiman Petilan traditional village belongs to East Denpasar District, about 5 kilometers east of the city of Denpasar.
You can reach the temple by public transport easily.
Location map of Petilan Pengerebongan temple
Last revised on October 11, 2009
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