The Ngerebong ritual took place on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Petilantemple in Kesiman subdistrict, East Denpasar. During the ritual, locals were seen crying, shouting and torturing themselves with a kris to show off the eternal spiritual protection from the gods for the land and people.
Known as Ngerebong, this magical ritual takes place every six months and falls on the eighth day after Kuningan. Galungan and Kuningan are Balinese Hindu celebrations of dharma winning over adharma.
Ngerebong comes from the word ngerehan (calling on a supernatural power) and bengong (amazement).
The mythology says that during the dark days, the god Indra led gods and goddesses to save the island from the Mayadanawa (demon of illusion). After a long and bloody fight, the gods destroyed Mayadanawa and his troops. The victory is celebrated as Galungan by Balinese Hindus.
During the Ngerebong, holy statues from all temples in Kesiman and nearby subdistricts are taken to the temple.
Kesiman people believe that during Ngerobong, gods and goddesses gather at the temple to show off their magical powers for humans and spirits. The gods and goddesses want to convince humans that they will protect the latter from danger and bad deeds and get rid of evil spirits from the area. [yan]