Arrived in the early morning at Desa Visesa, this was going to be my last day at the village. I began my morning activities in the mud area.
“We’re going to do a morning yoga!”, said a middle aged man with Balinese accent.
It’s definitely not a modern yoga since the group wear all traditional attire. It’s not going to a ‘clean’ one either, we’re going to do it in a mud! This one sounds weird but mud yoga is a new-style of meditation and very popular nowadays in Ubud. The yoga started with a blessing from the instructor, each of the participant splashed by holy water that previously have been prayed along with the offerings and then down to the mud. It covered our feet quite high, almost touched my knee. Mud yoga definitely not an easy-peasy one, since our weight is double up with the heaviness of the mud. Began with meditation, the yoga continued to various challenging style required stability and serenity. Dare to try?
Done with the muddy exercise, I cleaned myself and started to explore the village. I’ve learnt about agriculture as well as traditional cooking previous day but throwing all I haven’t reached that customs and religious side I always curious in. Thus, I gave a self-task to discover this Balinese cultural heritage, me and people should’ve know.
Walking around, I stopped at a small hut beside a fish pond and got interested on two young men with their unusual activity. Each of them hold a chicken and looked like playing with them. My question was, is it part of culture?
“Mengecel, this is how we treat chicken in Bali every afternoon”, the young men answered the curiosity in my face even without I asked. He then explained that ‘chicken fighting’ or traditionally known as Tajen is a tradition that must be done in a religious ceremony called Tabuh Rah. During the fight, a blood must be dripped to ground as a symbol to purify the human greed. Chicken have to be treated well, so they would strong enough during the fight. The treatment were vary from petting to massaging the whole body — called as mengecel and usually done by the men in the village. Hm, interesting facts.
From the hut, I drifted to the spa and took a look at traditional hand-made of body masked. The therapist picked down the ingredients from their North farm and handed in traditionally blend the ingredients; such as turmeric, lemon grass, ginger, and herbs. I also quickly snapped their therapy room, they have two types; rooms with open air facing to the forest and those inside caves. Too bad, I didn’t have any time to indulge my-self for this treatment.
Go straight from the spa, they have small stairs down to Beji — a holy place for purification. Usually, Beji located inside a temple as a sacred garden completed with small pool with flowing springs in a row but Desa Visesa’s Beji sacred in a cave next to a low cliff. Hindu people preceded their prayers in Beji, asking for purity of heart and mind before do the main prayer at higher place, temple. Besides, they also take the holy water from the springs back home for drink, ceremony purposes, or even wash their body as it believed able to cure any disease.
As I’ve received the blessing at Beji, I straight down my destination to their main temple. A lady named Ms. Santika showed me how to set up offerings before praying to the God — this religious activity called as Mebanten. Mebanten regularly done by ladies in the household everyday. There are many types of it but commonly it acts as a way to express grateful for the food and fortune. If you go around Bali, you will find this offerings every where at the entrance door, beside the street, or even in the cashier of mini-mart. The offerings basically consist of different types of flowers, slices pandan, and incense.
I took my time to see how the lady took the offerings to God and did some pray before heading back to Lesung Restaurant and had my late lunch.
I left the temple with a prayer that I could come back again with my loves one to this beautiful place. It remarked the end of my cultural journey at Desa Visesa. The two days activity was the best I had in Ubud so far and it was worth it to spend days in a row experiencing all the spot they have in the place. I guess they still have other interesting cultural activities that I missed, you can snap it out at their website to know the details and price 🙂
p.s. I found that recently Kura-Kura Bus has listed Desa Visesa as one of their stopover in Ubud so it will be easily for you to reach out!
DESA VISESA UBUD
Banjar Bentuyung Sakti,
Jalan Suweta, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
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