KEPUS PUNGSED TRADITIONAL BALI

 

Speaking of Hinduism, especially the people who are in Bali is not separated from yadnya are always implemented. Yadnya which is an attempt to bridge themselves with the highest truth that is Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa.
In Bali itself a variety of traditions and yadnya are still closely related to the religious ceremony, which remains inherent in his people. Like Pungsed Ceremonial Ceremony or there is also a mention Kepus Udel and Kepus Puser. This ceremony is usually performed when the baby after a few days of birth, the umbilical cord attached to the navel since birth was released naturally.


This ceremony is also according to other sources called the ceremony Mepenelahan or Penelahan, which comes from the word has that meaning is up. This of course can not be separated from the belief that when the baby is still in the womb, guarded by four elements, commonly called Catur Sanak. Including yeh nyom, ari-ari, and gum, three of the four elements have been released when the baby is born. While one other element that remains attached when the baby was born namely puser or udel.
So when the rest of the umbilical cord or udel it, then it was released all the elements of chess Sanak previously attached to the baby, both when still in the womb or when born. This is what makes the rest of the umbilical cord stemmed with Mepenelahan Ceremony.
So what is the purpose of this ceremony, according to Mangku Nyoman Suparta and several sources mentioned, this ceremony means cleaning the body and soul of the baby. Because of the release of one last element, the baby has been separated from the influence of Chess Sanak. The same notion is also written in one of the articles contained in the PHDI website. Mentioned, that after the baby puser released, it will be made upakara. The goal is to spiritually purify the sacred places and buildings that surround it.


So what about the baby puser who has been released. Still in the PHDI article, the puser is then wrapped with a piece of cloth, which is then inserted in a small rhinoceros. Not only that, ketupat is also accompanied by a kind of spice that heated properties, such as cloves. This small ketupat then hung on the foot of the baby’s bed.
While in some areas in Bali, as mentioned Mangku Nyoman Suparta, once the umbilical cord was released it will be inserted into a small yellow bamboo pieces. In plain view, the size of the bamboo is no more than the size of a pencil, with a length of about 3cm. Next on each end of the yellow bamboo hole it is closed by using a wax drip, or if there is even better by using malem (glue from honeycomb). The goal is none other so that no part of the puser is visible from the outside. Then after closed each end, the bamboo is tied with a thread, and the thread is tied to the baby’s hand. “But each region is different, just maybe the same meaning,” said Mangku Nyoman Suparta.


While associated with the ceremony, mentioned if according to the Hindu belief, then from the time the ceremony took place, then at that time the baby begins to be cared Sang Hyang Kumara. Therefore, a stanile of Sang Hyang Kumara is made on the head of the infant while sleeping, which is called Kumara Abduction. The Nyang Kumara will become the baby’s protector and nanny before the baby’s teeth are dated.
Meanwhile, related to the means of banten used during the ceremony of Pungsed Ceremony, including Ajengan, Ajengan, Sodan, Rayunan, using white and yellow rice containing omelette, and rerasmen, raka-raka, and sampyan plaus, including several other items. In bebantenan it also contains kekiping, banana gold, sugar cane geringsing gering, canang sari, fragrant canang, lenge fragrant, miyik-miyikan (flowers are fragrant, especially yellow-white).

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