The story of Men Brayut tells of the extraordinary strength of character of a Balinese woman by this name. This story has become part of Balinese folklore and is often told as a bedtime story. It is a symbolic tale of how strong Balinese women are in carrying out the tasks of their daily lives.
The story of Men Brayut tells of the extraordinary strength of character of a Balinese woman by this name. This story has become part of Balinese folklore and is often told as a bedtime story. It is a symbolic tale of how strong Balinese women are in carrying out the tasks of their daily lives. Having a strong work ethic, patience, honesty, care, and a sense of camaraderie and ability to remain steadfast in facing problems are qualities that are highlighted in this ancient tale.
Several villages in Bali, have shrines and temple reliefs devoted to Men Brayut, where people come to pray. Pura Dalem in Belang Samu Village, Kusamba and Goa Gajah are two examples of sites where, on specific days people come to pay honour to Men Brayut. Many people believe that by doing so they will be blessed with children.
Men Brayut was a housewife who came from a poor family and who had 18 children. To fulfill the needs of her big family, she had to work very hard and even had to do ‘men’s work’. She was able to keep peace and harmony within her big family and with others in her community, so she is considered a very good example to follow.
Men Brayut not only had a strong work ethic but was also spiritually diligent, praying every day. She was also very generous, sharing whatever she had and was always grateful. “Men Brayut is a symbol of the strength of Balinese women in protecting the harmony of their family”.
Men Brayut is a symbol of prosperity and a symbol of the motherland as described by how her children always stayed closed to her and even grasped her hair or legs to survive. She was able to apply the principle of equality to her family by giving the same heritage to each of her child. Men Brayut is a symbol of a great leader who acts with equally towards the people.
Balinese woman have a strong spirit for studying so job opportunities are wide open to them. Nowadays, there is saying that ‘woman should not just rely on their husbands. Women can also feed the family.