Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · The Whipping Boys of Bali
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

++62 361 286 283

++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)

U.K. Fax:

Australian Fax:

++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

Bali News

The Whipping Boys of Bali

Photos from the ‘Blood Sport’ of 'Perang Pandan' in Tenganan Village, East Bali

Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Tenganan, Karangasem, Perang Pandan, blood sport, young men, Robertus Pudyanto, Bali Aga
Click Image to Enlarge


The Bali Aga village of Tenganan in the Karangasem regency is home to a unique set of cultural traditions, specific to this mysterious village that still forbids marriage to outsiders and tightly closes its four gates to the outside world each evening. Viewed as a walled and fortress-like village to non-residents, that image contrasts sharply with the intense cordiality shared common among village members who live in ancient wooden homes standing on the side of orderly and very wide cobblestone streets paved centuries ago. Shielded to some degree to the rest of the world, the people of Tengangan exhibit a strong sense of shared identity behind their village gates, demonstrated by the absence of walls separating one household from the next.

The people of Tenganan do dance to the beat of a different drummer, sharing traditions that predate the 16th century Majapahit wave that swept across Bali. Even the calendar is read differently in Tenganan where the Balinese New Year and day of absolute silence (Nyepi) are celebrated on dates at odds from the rest of the island, according to separate rules and rituals practiced by people who consider themselves the “original Balinese.”

Justifiably popular as a stop on any cultural tour of East Bali, visitors are also drawn to Tenganan to see the unique “double ikat” cloths made here.

On Friday, June 8, 2012, hundreds of tourists were drawn to Tenganan to see the annual celebration of the local blood sport of Perang Pandan or Mekare-kare. In contests reserved for young unmarried men and teenage boys, contestants, clad only in sarongs and traditional headwear, face off in two-man bouts armed with thorn-edged pandan leaves used to  mercilessly flail the opponent's naked torso.

Symbolic of an ancient mythic battle among the gods, participation in these matches are virtually mandatory for local unmarried men beginning as young as 13 or 14 years of age. In bouts that last up to five minutes, the goal is to beat your opponent into retreat by inflicting bloody wounds on his back and sides of his body. Performed to music provided by a local percussion orchestra, strict rules require that good humor prevails, with displays of anger and revenge considered "bad form" on the part of any contestant.

We've discovered an excellent series of photos taken during the latest round of Perang Pandan held in Tenganan made by talented Indonesian photographer Robertus Pudyanto we'd like to share.

[View these outstanding pictures of the ‘Perang Pandan’]   


© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to


Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!

Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!

or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Trip the Light Fantastic
Tango in Paradise – Masters of Dance to Perform in Bali Saturday, November 26, 2016
RIP: Sri Pitono: 1964-2016
Veteran Bali Travel Industry Member Sri Pitono Dies at Age 52
A Fatal Fall
English Hiker Falls to His Death on Mount Abang in Bali
Fatally Flawed Connection
Nine Dead and Many Injured as Pedestrian Bridge Collapses Connecting Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
Bali’s Better on a Bicycle
Bali is the venue for a Cross Country Cycling event scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2016
Forgive, But Never Forget
Governor Pastika Calls for Forgiveness at 14th Anniversary of 2002 Bali Bombing
When a Lake Becomes a Trash Bin
People of the Ancient Village of Terunyan at Lake Batur in Bali Discard Garbage in the Lake as Garbage No Longer Collected by Local Authorities
Bridges are Falling
Bridge Collapse in West Bali Isolates Communities and Businesses in Tabanan
Be of Good Cheer!
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset Christmas Buffet Fundraiser on Sunday, December 4, 2016
Baksheesh Relief?
Special Team Formed to Battle Illegal Kickbacks Paid to Bali Police
Aborted Landing
Bali Airport Closes for 1.5 Hours to Make Emergency Runway Repairs
Charity as a Stretch
Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali hosts Family Yoga Session on the Beach for UNICEF on Sunday, November 27, 2016.
All [News]!