Tenganan Village is a village located in Karangasem Regency, before the 1970s was popular by anthropologists as one of the most isolated communities in the archipelago. Rapid changes have occurred in the village since the 70’s, such as the development of local communications by the central government, the opening up to tourism, the breaking of the endogamic rules. Tourists are attracted to Tenganan because of its unique culture which still adheres to original traditions. The ancient Balinese ceremonies and rules, as well as the unique village layout and architecture. Famous for music and double textiles.

Short History of Tenganan Village

According to legend, the people of Tenganan Pegringsingan are the choice of a god to manage an area whose structure is in accordance with their divine plan to become a microcosm of the world. They have orders to use all means to keep it pure and clean. The concept of territorial, bodily and spiritual purity and integrity is of paramount importance in the village.

Related: BatuKaru Temple

The houses in Tenganan Village village are built on either side of the north to the south concourse with their doors opening on to it. The entrances of the houses are narrow, only allowing one person to enter or leave at any one time. One enters the village through the gate on the southern end. On either side of the entrance are two small temples.

Next to it is a drum tower and kul-kul. Up the center are a series of communal pavilions (balébanjar) for formal and informal meetings, ceremonial gatherings. At the northern end is the village temple Pura Puseh, the temple of origin.

Tenganan Village
Tenganan Village