The Tenganan Village is one of the oldest Balinese Traditional located in Karangasem Regency. It’s a unique insight into a traditional local community, an example of Bali Aga Village cultures (Hindu Prehistoric) and different from any another countryside in Bali.
This village has now although it does still keep to the traditional ways has also been deemed as a place for tourists so there is an element of presentation, I suppose to be considered an attractive place to visit.
The Tenganan Village still presents the unique traditional cultural experience, though;
The special ritual system is still adhered too. The tradition of Mekare-Kare on every June is a faith tradition as the screw pine in a ritual, religious value, the spirit of struggle and test of physical strength accompanied by traditional gamelan of Selonding.
Also, you can see the Art Crafting Weave of cloth fastens which is famously called by Ikat Pangringsingan that is designed and arranged by the patterned double layers of colour and takes weeks, months and years to create.
This is only one of only three places in the world that this is made.
Lontars a traditional palm leaf pictures and documents. They are traditional Balinese and Indian documents made by carving letters and images onto long strips of dried palm leaf with a knife, rubbing in lamp black afterward to show up the carved lines. The original Hindu scriptures, such as the Upanishads, were first written on lontars, as were messages from Bali’s Kings.
Most of the noise in the village comes from a dozen or so fighting cocks in cages, placed out to catch the afternoon sun, brightly coloured of course to make them more attractive.