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Omed Omedan | Cultures of Denpasar

Omed Omedan
Not the same as nude photos of mass action undertaken by Spencer Tunick, an action style mass kiss young Balinese children is not the action of pornography. A kiss that made mass young men and women in Banjar Kaja, Sesetan, omed omedan tradition in Denpasar held each year to preserve the heritage.

In the Balinese language, omed-omedan meaningful attraction. Omed-omedan process begins with separating boys and girls into two groups. Then one by one partner in unite and embrace each other and kissing. Should be routine in degree, not a few women participants looked embarrassed. Instead he just enthusiastic participants, so invite the audience laugh.

Bayu one participant confessed shy guy but does nothing to preserve the ancestral culture. While the Dewi Sukma said that her are ashamed.

In the event this omed-omedan, age of participants is limited. at least junior high school and have not graduated from college and not married. In addition, all participants are required to wear Balinese traditional clothing.

Erwin Suryadharma, Head of Denpasar City Government Humos revealed that this tradition is also gathering event for every citizen. Here most of the first residents are farmers who are busy working in the fields so Waku met very few neighbors. Conditions now are the same. So the event is very well to continue to be preserved.

The origin of the festival kiss this mass comes from the ancient folklore. It is said that when the King of Puri Oka was seriously ill and there is no royal physician who can heal the pain. On the day of Nyepi, the communities in Puri Oka starting omed omedan event (tensile pull). Because the atmosphere was so festive that makes the noise created by the ailing King was furious.

Intends to stop the event, the King stumbled out of the palace. And the magic of the king was suddenly cured after seeing the show omed omedan. Finally, the King issued a decree to omed omedan event should be held every year after Nyepi ceremony

The tradition of kiss omed omedan been going on since the 17th century. And continue to be implemented every feast day celebration ceremony after Nyepi. In addition to maintaining unity, citizen fear of causing disastrous if the tradition was discontinued.

Omed Omedan

Omed Omedan

Omed Omedan

Omed Omedan

Here is video footage of Bali in the event of a mass kiss omed-omedan recently.


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