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Tumpek Landep in Bali Today

tumpekTaking place on the Saturday of Landep in the second week of the Pakuwon, Tumpek Landep is a day of offerings to the weapons of war in Bali. These include guns or other weapons and in particular, the sacred kris.

Family members who own such a weapon take it to the family temple where it is unsheathed. It is then sprinkled with holy water and presented with offerings of woven coconut leaves, flowers, and fruits. Prayers are offered by a priest or a balian as they know the exact mantras.

Although on Tumpek Landep it is originally specified for weapons of war, you will notice as you travel around the island or in the tourist areas motorcycles, trucks and cars adorned with offerings. These were thought to be lethal weapons and as such are included on this day.