Jembranathe land of Buffalo Race
Jembrana Regency , located at west of Bali island, they have the unique tradition of Buffalo Race, in Balinese word called" Sampi Makepung". The race is held on a course and the riders ride in a cart pulled by two water buffalos. The course is two kilometers in length. The races are pretty exciting and present a riot of spectacle with the buffalos decorated colorfully and the winners hailed loudly.
The events are organized and sponsored by the local government in order to promote the local tourism industry.It’s a tradition of bull racing which has been passed through generations in Bali’s society, specifically in Jembrana. It started of as race between farmers during their spare time when they were plowing the field in the harvest season.
At that time, they compete to race for goals using a cart tied up to the bull which controlled by a jockey. It then begun to evolved and draws more attention to the people.Makepung has become one of the most interesting and viewed attraction for local tourist as well as foreign. It also become an annual agenda in Bali, thus professionally managed.
Makepung participants weren’t limited to farmers only. Employees and businessman are welcomed to participate or merely being the spectatres. In big races such as the Governor’s Cup, the amount of participants could extend up to 300 pairs of bull and even more.
The atmosphere gets to be livelier with the jegog player (a Balinese musical instrument made from bamboo) doing what they do best.Negara is the capital town of Jembrana Distric on the southern coast in West Bali. The town is best known for the wild and exciting buffalo races. The Buffalo Races are part of the harvest festivities which run between July and October. If you are on the island during this period make sure to see the races.
For something tamer but just as colorful, Negara is also well known for the Joged dance. The dance is performed by a girl in a variation of the legong costume. This dance is considered as an erotic dance by the Balinese because the girl entices the men from the audience during the course of the dance.
The man invited must dance with her in postures that represent a love game of approach and refusal, in which the man tries to come near enough to the girl's face to catch her perfume and feel the warmth of her skin, the Balinese form of a kiss. The dance is coy and fun and sometimes the source of mild embarassment for an unsuspecting man, though of course done in good humour by all.
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