Friday, October 9, 2009

Hinduism Today Magazine - Hindu Press International » Tumpek Wariga: Interacting with Tree Devas

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    • In a colorful festival, Balinese hindus celebrate the birthday of the trees. This holiday is called Tumpek Wariga or Tumpek Pengarah. Through the celebration, the Balinese express their gratitude to the trees. This holiday serves as a remainder of the importance of trees for life.

      As part of the celebration the Mepengarah ritual is performed to give instructions to the trees. The ritual is conducted right after the ceremony to honor the deva of the tree is finished. Balinese will tap the tree three times to wake it up and say: “Grandpa-grandpa, I have an instruction, it is 25 days left for Galungan day, produce a lot of fruit, a lot of fruit, a lot of fruit!”

      In this ritual Balinese inform the trees that the local Galungan holiday will soon arrive and to celebrate the Galungan holiday many fruits and rice will be needed. Offerings are made to God and ancestors on this holiday.