Perang Pandan or 'Mekare-Kare'

Perang Pandan or 'Mekare-Kare'
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Sketch of Perang Pandan or Mekare-Kare

On 8th and 30th June, Perang Pandan, or Mekare-Kare, comes to Tenganan village in East Bali to re-enact a traditional blood sport ritual. It’s fascinating to watch, with young males doing battle (in a friendly way) with thorny pandan leaves and rattan shields. Celebrated as a coming of age ceremony, the festivities are dedicated to the Hindu god of war and sky.