Culture and Attractions:
Gendang Beleq |
Malean Sampi | Bau
Nyale | Presean
with rattan stick)
Presean is an extreme fight game as the
symbol of masculinity of Sasaknes man in Lombok.
This game is battle of two men armed with rattan sticks in Sasak
language called Penjalin and armored buffalo skin thick and hard called Ende.
Two men fighters
armed with "Penjalin" attack to each other,
defending their opponent's blows with Ende. The
fighters in local Lombok language "Sasak" called Pepadu, they are
come from selected
brave and gentle man who just wearing 'Sarung" and headband without any clothes
or other body and face protectors. There is "Pakembar" as the referee of the
The Presean cultural
is already known from Lombok Sasak society for generations, originally a
part traditional ceremony of the happiness of soldiers in Lombok
Kingdom when they get won in a war and a ritual ceremony to invoke the rain
as drought. As well as its historic associations, the fight also
serves to ask God for rain for the imminent planting season with the ancient
belief being that the more blood spilled, the more rain would follow.
Presean fighting now itís become part of tradition and entertainment culture
performance in Lombok
The game performance with Lombok traditional music called "Beleganjur" and a
commentator giving spirit to the fighters. Uniquely from Presean fight, the
participants or Pepadu had never been specially prepared.
Duel two pepadu held in five
rounds, the winner is determined by the results obtained value or one of
pepadu leaky head, referee will stop
the game if the fighter get blood even they still strong enough to fight. Pakembar (referee) even request visitors
or audience to participate toying with rattan sticks and shields provided.
The audience / prospective participants can propose themselves or be
selected by the referee edge and fight with other
visitor or those selected fighters. All consequences caused in the game is
on own risk of fighter even though there is very simple emergency medical
The winner awarded with packed of cigarette, body soap and
shampoo or an envelope with small amount of money. There is no
big reward actually for the winner but young man who like this game to
express their spirit also as a manifest of love to Lombok culture.
Regulation Presean fighting is
very simple, fighter (pepadu)
should not be hitting the bottom of his opponent's stomach (thigh, leg, let
alone the groin. The highest value
is obtained if fighter (pepadu)
successful embezzlement until down. Interestingly, on the sidelines of the
battle of the pepadu plus
the referees have to dance when traditional music plays. Maybe its intention
to release the tension during the game. It such a lovely attraction, while
the fighters scuffled with each other, a few seconds later they were
dancing, laughing and
looking for crack versus weakness, a second later hit hard rattan shields -
plaques!, then they dance again
The match end with greetings and
hugs of friendship between
the fighters. No sign of resentment and all just a game! It's really casual.
The scenery of Presean culture a lot perform
for celebration of Indonesia Independent
day in Lombok, a week before and after independent day of Indonesia (August 17)
and also on other cultural event such as Bulan Apresiasi Budaya (BAB) as
government program to Introduce of Lombok culture in general tourist society and
one week perform on Senggigi Festival in July.
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