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Pecalang – A Traditional Security System In Bali

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Indigenous villagers in Bali has a very strategic role in the resilience and security systems, to be able to realize a sense of security for people and tourists to enjoy a vacation on the island. Despite not getting the most of coaching, but the indigenous villagers (pekraman) has a concern in safeguarding their respective territory. When appearing as a speaker at one day seminar “Values Revitalization Security and Defense of Traditional Balinese State in the Constitutional Defense Perspective”, he explains, traditional village security officer (pecalang) in synergy securing customary and religious activities.

Similarly, other traditional organizations in the field of irrigation ‘subak’ (water control system), arts organization or a group of farmers in various activities (sekaa) and activities at each region. Pecalang which have been established in each village Pekraman task order and security related to the implementation of customary and religious ceremonies in the area of traditional villages concerned.

They appear as a security device and order in connection with the enforcement of customary law, as stipulated in Article 17 of Regulation 03/2001. Pecalang from each village have been able to perform customary duties and obligations which are based on good ethics. The word ‘pecalang’ is derived from word “Celang” that the task of helping indigenous villages in the area of device security and internal order custom village. Pecalang kind of special “police” to secure the activities of customs and rituals are appointed and dismissed by Pakraman based on an agreement indigenous villagers.

Initially the duties are relatively limited and simple, ie, ordering the implementation of “Tapa Brapa”, ie the four taboos that must be adhered to Hindus on Nyepi Day (Silent Day).

Fourth taboos include not light a fire / lamp (Amati Geni), not doing activities (amati karya), not traveling (amati lelungan) and do not hold recreation or fun (amati lelanguan).

Pecalang duties only once a year, but eventually each village had held a ritual activity or other ceremonies likes special wedding in Bali Private Villas or other big events in Bali Luxury Villas, pecalang always involved, and responsible for local security.



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Dwix is a man who works in the luxury private villas rental in bali. Bali Private Villas is a private accommodation for holiday, honeymoon, and vacation in Bali.

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