PENGLIPURAN VILLAGE....The Balance of Life and Nature

This village is located approximately 6 km north of Bangli town or 1 km from the Kubu. The village is consisted of a custom village, one Banjar and administratively is very easy to manage. The surrounded Penglipuran Village are Desa Khayan, Desa Gunaksa, Desa Kubu and Desa Ceking. The village which is consists of one village and smaller village, the number of the village and the smaller village is the same.

Penglipuran Village is a traditional countryside owning unique characteristic life, socializing and culture. The natural nature and environments of countryside is designating the pittance touch of modernization influence. This countryside is supported by cool atmosphere because it is located on the height land about 700 m above sea level. According to history of all old doyens that this countryside is taken away from the word Pengeling Pura what its meaning remember to ancestor, but there is also telling that the word of Penglipur mean the entertainer. It is said that at former empire era, all king often use this area as a place to amuse themselves, because its nature is beautiful and can give the peacefulness and inspiration at the time of experiencing a problem.

Kinship System
The kinship system adopted by Penglipuran villager is the patrilineal kinship system that is according to lineage from their father. The smallest boy from a family who got married will be direct replacing the position of his parents in the main 76 group members. Meanwhile the other boys when have got married to be a normal family member. The familiarity of house hold members and the entire communities are reflected from their submission to the norms and tradition are still maintain by the whole communities and very difficult for the outsider to stay in this village because they do not have the same historical fabric of community life and a strong tradition of binding the community life.

Penglipuran Indigenous Village
Bali turned out to have a tourist attraction which presents the cultural charm of the local population and their daily activities. Although this area is still adhere to traditions of Bali, you don't imagine that the occupants were a group of people who are blind primitive technology.
People, The population Penglipuran often perform various rituals, both rituals undertaken by each family as well as rituals that held residents of the village. If you visit this village during religious or ceremonial procession took place, then you can feel the privilege and uniqueness of Indigenous Village Penglipuran.
Architecture, Penglipuran people's homes are all in the form of Balinese traditional house which is divided into two parts, the west and east. All the houses have the same form of the front. This section is made of soil material for walls and bamboo for the roof.
Tri Mandala Concept, it is the spatial concept in Hinduism where the village territory divided into three parts : in the North corner of the village there is a shrine (the main theater), in the middle there are parks and residential homes (middle mandala), the lowest part (mandala insult), there is a cemetery complex (Setra).
Praying Place, To remember the prayers of their ancestors, they build a place ( 4 temples) for praying equal with the altar existing at Bayung Gede village. Sense being aware of or remember their ancestral homeland of Bayung Gede village is the real meaning of the construction of those temples.
Saba Desa Ceremonies The ceremonies such as Saba Desa, Rsi Gana and other big ceremonies lead by the priest who came from another village. Saba ceremony is conducted at Bale Agung Temple is on Purnamaning Kapat (full moon) and followed by Dalem and Dukuh temple.
Angkul-Angkul
The front of the house has angkul-angkul or gate which functioned as a building guard. On the religious holy days, this section will be a place of offerings and it is used as a place of worship.
Curayudha Monument,
The memorial was built in 1959, dedicated to the revolution war in Bangli led by captain Anak Agung Mudita with his troops. The monument aims to remind people of struggle of Captain Anak Agung Anom Muditha and his troops who were dead in facing NICA (Dutch).
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History of Penglipuran Village
The name of Pengelipuran village according to the elder villager is taken from the word "Pengeling Pura" which that means remember to the ancestors. This story is attributed to the pilgrimage of ancestral communities in the region of Bayung Gede village located in Kintamani area to the Penglipuran village. To remember the prayers of their ancestors, they build a place for praying equal with the altar existing at Bayung Gede village. Their praying place is called by Bale Agung Temple, Puseh Temple, Dalem Temple and Dukuh Temple. The fourth temples are nowadays still supported by Penglipuran villagers. Sense being aware of or remember their ancestral homeland of Bayung Gede village is the real meaning of the construction of those temples. The Meaning of Penglipuran name itself has several meanings. Some say that Penglipuran eling derived from the basic word that means "remember", and pretend that it means "ancestral land". So, Penglipuran defined as "remembering ancestral lands". The second meaning is penglipur or entertainer. In addition, there is also another meaning, namely relaxation. This is because since the days of the kingdom in Bali, the village has become a thing about resting place.

Penglipuran Peoples
Penglipuran people's homes are all in the form of Balinese traditional house which is divided into two parts, the west and east. All the houses have the same form of the front. This section is made of soil material for walls and bamboo for the roof. The front of the house has angkul-angkul or gate which functioned as a building guard. On the religious holy days, this section will be a place of offerings and is used as a place of worship. The atmosphere is quiet and beautiful village and the air is cool and free of pollutants into the main magnet that attracts tourists to visit this region. Residents are friendly and unpretentious. Penglipuran also become an attraction for tourists who feel stifled by the atmosphere of a busy and chaotic city. Being in Penglipuran can make your mind and your body become more fresh.

Topography Penglipuran very unique, almost similar to the system of Balinese rice field terraces, steps (Subak). Village Gate is located in the most high, the entry into, the more gently sloping contours. The houses were lined from top to bottom. Among the houses have a very clean village streets. Village roads will be crowded in the afternoon when people unwind after work while mingle with their neighbors, just talking or fighting cock (tajen).

Another specialty which is owned by the Village is the concept of spatial thing about the village that are aligned with the spatial concept in Hinduism. The village territory is divided into three parts and called the Tri Mandala. In the north corner of the village there is a shrine (the main theater), namely Pura Bale Agung (Upgrading), which became mecca Hindus. Furthermore, in the middle there are parks and residential homes. This location is called the middle mandala. Meanwhile, in the lowest part (mandala insult), there is a cemetery complex (Setra).

The concept of Tri Mandala does not only apply to village spatial layout but also for residential homes. Each plot home residents Penglipuran divided into three parts. On the front page, there are buildings angkul-angkul and empty space called Natah; the center is the family gathering place, and at the very back there toilet, where the clothesline, or corral.

The population Penglipuran often perform various rituals, both rituals undertaken by each family as well as rituals that held residents of the village. If you visit this village during religious or ceremonial procession took place, then you can feel the privilege and uniqueness of Indigenous Village Penglipuran.

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