Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Muslim in east Bali

Magibung is usually held to celebrate one’s Balinese birthday to show the solidarity. After following the ritual, the person who celebrates his/her birthday and relatives will sit encircling a big plate of rice and eat it together. It is simply to say that this habit is an integral part of Hindu in Bali. Yet, in fact, Muslim in East Bali adopts it as a necessary ritual on Idul Fitri.

A long time ago, in 1692 when Karangasem was under the reign of Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem, neighboring Lombok’s predominantly kingdoms were conquered by him. The migration of Hindus to Lombok and vice versa was conducted as a mark of close relationship between Karangasem and Lombok. In this eastern part of Bali, young Muslim played important role to make Karangsem Kingdom powerful because they were recruited as soldiers.

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