Gen Z JED Camping is a continuation of the 2 Generations Workshop: Get to Know and Introduce Our Villages on December 16-18, 2022 at Werdhapura Hotel Village Center, Sanur. In collaboration with PRSGF (Pastor Delbert Rice Small Grant Fund) in the Philippines, this activity is aimed at getting to know Gen Z between villages more intimately, as well as trying alternative Ecotourism routes Gen Z style which later will compile in a complete story. This activity was used by prospective village guides to listen to experiences and learn from senior village guides.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
All participants have gathered at the Pemukuran Hill – Dukuh Sibetan at 09.30 am. Before the scorching sun, Dwita invited the participants to gather, then the activity was opened by Pak Sujana from Dukuh and Lisa as JED representatives. Dwita led the introduction of the participants: 7 people from Tamblingan, 2 people from Nusa Penida island, 1 person from Nyambu, 5 people from Tenganan, and 13 people from Dukuh Sibetan as hosts, plus 5 people from Wisnu/JED.
After the introduction, Adit explained the trekking and cycling routes that will be passed, with an average journey of two hours. Participants were divided into two groups, and more chose trekking because they felt it would be difficult to ride on hilly roads. The Cycling Team covered a distance of about 3 km, from Pemukuran to Batur Temple, Batu Metoktok, where bamboo baskets are made, the oldest white mango (but currently it has been cut down because it fell due to strong winds and is very old), the snake fruit garden package, and Dalem Temple.
While the Trekking Team covered a distance of about 2 km, from Pemukuran to Dalem Temple, Sekar Gunung spring, village area boundaries, and the Batu Guling river. Passing the palm trees and snake fruit gardens, the fun thing is enjoying the freshly harvested palm wine and the snake fruit that can be picked straight from the tree.
In general, almost all participants said that both cycling and trekking were fun and enjoyable, as well as a lot of knowledge gained. As a note, the topography of the area and the conditions of the path to be traversed need to be explained in more detail, such as sloping and slippery descent. On trekking, the path is quite scary and dangerous, so it is necessary to think about providing safety along the extreme path and sticks for the participants.
In the afternoon, there were 10 tents that we put up together. Three special tents for women participants, and the rest for men. Like any other camper, there is always time for guitar and singing. Also, chicken roll and snake fruit tubers for dinner. However, because it was not season for snake fruit, there were only a few snake fruit tubers, and the vegetables had to be mixed with chayote.
Thursday, April 20, 2023
At seven o’clock in the morning all the participants were ready to leave, heading to Peken Bebandem. The trip takes about 20 minutes using three pick-up cars. The delegation was welcomed by Pak Putu and Keliang of the Tenganan Pegringsingan Traditional Village in Peken Bebandem, who will accompany the journey to the Tenganan Village settlement for about three hours, passing through rice fields and village forests.
Stop 1. Mahogany Forest. This forest area is part of the bet (forest) which is a conservation area. Rules for customary forest are also stipulated in this area, namely trees may not be cut down if they are not dead, and those that are still alive may only be cut down for the traditional village purpose. However, the rules for mahogany trees should be reviewed, because this tree is invasive and spreads very quickly.
Stop 2. Besaka Temple. It is a pile of stones temple, as a proof this temple has existed since the megalithic period. At a certain ceremony once a year, the villagers will pray at this temple. This temple is related to the gringsing legend and also functions as a subak temple.
The journey to the next point passes through the village’s rice fields which are directly adjacent to the forest. This path is a place to see the sunrise, and is used as a shooting location for Sutri’s serial video (see this link). We also took the time to stop by Pendi’s Villa which was also used as the shooting location for the series video.
Stop 3. Rambut Pule Temple. Just like Besaka Temple, Rambut Pule temple is also a stones pile. This stone is believed to be the formation of the tail of the Oncesrawa horse, a white horse with a black tail. Pieces of the Oncesrawa horse’s body are scattered in the village area as a sign that the location is part of the Tenganan Pegringsingan Traditional Village area.
Stop 4. Belalungan Village Boundary. This village is a village whose territory is located within the area of the Tenganan Pegringsingan Traditional Village. During the royal period, the King of Karangasem placed Muslim people from Lombok to protect his territory from the attacks of King Sibetan. For the success of the Lombok people, the king gave the occupied area for their residence and made it a village.
Stop 5. Moding Hill. This is the most special stopping point because we can see the village settlements as a whole. Plus, there is a small shop there and we are free to choose the drinks and snacks that are sold there.
Stop 6. Kubu Langlang Temple. During the Sambah ceremony, the daha hold meetings and pray at this temple. A large map of the area of the Tenganan Pegringsingan Traditional Village is posted around the temple area, and is an effective medium for explaining the area of the traditional village, especially for showing conservation areas in the form of bet (forest) and moor.
The journey to the finish line took quite a long time because the path was quite extreme, through rocky paths that continued to descend with a relatively steep slope. Along the steep road that is passed, we will find 3 large stone called “Batu Meririg”. Namely the stone used as a place to carry out a ceremony by the Tenganan Girls (Daha). Not only a place for ceremonies, each location of the stone also indicates the position of the Daha. From the location of the lowest rock, it is the place for the ceremony for Daha, whose position is in Nyoman. Then up a few steps is the place of ceremony for Daha whose position is in Nengah. Coinciding (above) with the stone is the place for the ceremony for the Daha whose position is in Pengenep. Then right in the middle of the hill “bancang hill” is the place for the ceremony for Daha with the position of Kelian & Daha Cerik. Then the journey continues until it reaches the top of the hill, namely at Pura Kubu Langlang. The ceremony carried out is chanting holy songs. Before carrying out the ceremony at the top of the hill, the Daha rest with the supplies they brought. Followed by “ngayah cleaning” around the temple area. The Daha also usually play traditional games such as megoak goakan, kuncang bunter, selodor and so on. After 12.00 noon the ceremony of chanting the holy hymn begins while bringing some ceremonial materials. Finally, free program, the Daha can go home down the hill via the initial road, or can use modern transportation via public roads.
Stop 7. Puseh Temple Area – Sri Temple. Sitting on the grass under a banyan tree, accompanied by a light breeze, some of the participants immediately lay down. Pura Puseh is one of the temples whose authenticity is still visible, while Pura Sri seems more modern.
Time for lunch. Lunch is done by megibung, sitting together around a serving tray. The tray consists of ononan vegetables in the middle, surrounded by rice, eggplant sauce, scrambled eggs, red chicken, and star fruit leaves. The correct way to eat rice is to ball it up, then dip it in the vegetables and side dishes. But we choose to eat according to our own ways and habits.
The activity closed with a little review, and sharing stories from Sabah-Malaysia. Dwita, Rio, and Adit took part in the Youth Engagement and Empowerment Hive in Asia (YEEHA) – 2nd Regional Youth Camp at the Lomunu Training Center of PACOS Trust, Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia. which was organized by NTFP-EP on 13-19 March 2023. The most important lesson is being able to get to know and share experiences with young people from indigenous peoples from 5 countries in Asia; dare to express opinions in public, are confident in using English (which is not the everyday language), and know the local culture (traditions, local food).