office of the pemangku is often hereditary, but he ma,.
also be chosen by some mystic while inspired by the spirits.
He dresses in all-white clothes with a characteristic coat
with high sleeves and wears his head-cloth in the old-style
high crest Pemangkus lead a normal routine life without
great religion restrictions, attending to their personal
affairs until the date for the feast of the temple approaches,
when they will become the entre of all activity.
temple celebrates its birthday (odalan) on the anniersary
of its consecration, with a great feast that constitutes
the principal social event for the entire community and
in which verybody in the village takes part with equal enthusiasm.
days before the temple feast of Kengetan, as typical as
my, the men attended to the decorations of the temple, building
the temporary bamboo altars, erecting awnings for enter-tainers,
adorning the shrines with flags, pennants, and penyors,
ooking the food for the feast, and dressing up the statues
of -Ire demons that guard the entrance with a skirt of chequered
black and white cloth and a great red hibiscus behind each
ear. V the same time the women prepared the offerings and
pemangku was on duty from early morning to receive and bless
the offerings that each woman brought. By after1 non a great
crowd of people in festival dress had gathered and the dagangs
had set up their food-stands. All day long the women arrived
with offerings on their heads, walking like sail114 ships,
requiring the help of two other women to support the fifty
pounds of fruit and flowers so that the bearer could come
oat from under the heavy load to deposit it on the special
shed erected for the purpose.
pemangku sat in front of the central god-house praying and
ringing a bell, surrounded by the new arrivals, who sat
in rows behind him after leaving their offerings, the men
cross-legged, with bared heads, behind the kneeling women.
They )raved (mabakti) three times, taking a flower between
the niddle fingers of their joined hands, bringing it to
their foreheads, and flinging it in the direction of the
shrine. The women sang wangesari songs in chorus while the
pemangku and his asistant went around the praying people
pouring holy water with long-handled ladles into their outstretched
hands, drinking it with reverence, and wiping their wet
hands in their hair.
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