Tumpek Landep: ceremony for every driver

Tumpek Landep ceremony Bali The One Who Wanders

Bali is island of ceremonies and yesterday I had opportunity to get to know ceremony called Tumpek Landep.

Offerings are dedicated to things made of metal, especially cars and motorbike, which is more than appropriate as everyday we try to survive in this crazy traffic. Roads were full of cars and motorbikes decorated with colourful offerings are called sampian.

Offering dedicated to Tumpek Landep ceremony

Early in the morning start blessings in the main village temple and afterwards are followed by smaller ceremonies in the family temples. Nowadays, the aim of ceremony is protection against accidents, bring luck and safety on the roads. But the origin goes deep into balinese past.

Blessing offerings Tumpek Landep The One Who Wanders

Ibu blessing offerings at family temple in Sukawati.

The origin of Tumpek Landep

Tumpek Landep (in high balinese language) has its origin in early ages of hinduism in Bali. One of the first metal-made objects was the keris (dagger) used in battles. Some of them were considered holy with special power and had important role during this period. As I’ve heard from people here, the keris symbolises sharpness, the original meaning is “to be sharpen in your thinking” and after performing Tumpek Landep people can fight against evil behaviour within themselves. 

I had accident once, some of my friends too, fortunately we ended up with few scratches. But many people get injured on the roads every day, accidents are more serious, so let’s hope we are protected enough against demons and evils, and nothing bad will happen. As we say in Indonesia: hati hati di jalan (be careful on the road)!

After blessing temper landep

Pictures by my lovely friend Dominika Kun! 🙂

1 Comment

  • Reply
    2015 RECAP: wide-eyes open for new beginnings! | The One Who Wanders
    19. January 2016 at 6:34

    […] swam in the waterfall, discovered Hindu temples, attended Balinese wedding, experienced several local ceremonies, climbed 1 700 stairs to the temple in the rain and storm, never had enough while overviewing rice […]

  • Leave a Reply