Bali Ogoh-Ogoh Museum – A Gallery of the Monsters of Bali

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A Gallery of the Monsters of Bali
A Gallery of the Monsters of Bali

Silence Day or Nyepi is a New Year’s celebration for the Hindus all over the world. Various activities are held to celebrate this New Year. Procession of the celebration starts from the melasti or melis or purificatory rite for ritual paraphernalia and sanctified effigies to the source of water such as to the beach is also intended for purifying impurities contained in human and its mind so the implementation of Nyepi Day can run smoothly, until the Ngembak Geni on the following day.

Interestingly, in the series of Nyepi Day there is Pengrupukan, falling one day before. On this day, people parade ogoh-ogoh or papier máché demon to expel all the bad forces that can affect the course of the Nyepi celebration. Ogoh-ogoh is made in various sizes and paraded around the village.

The activity of parading ogoh-ogoh is a special attraction for tourists coming to Bali. Moreover, the ogoh-ogoh is also a thing that makes tourists amazed at the uniqueness of the arts owned by Bali. It is not enough to see ogoh-ogoh on Pengrupukan Day because Pengrupukan feast only takes place once a year like the Nyepi day.

To relieve the curiosity with the ogoh-ogoh that actually exists only once in a year, in Bali there is now the ogoh-ogoh museum displaying various kinds of ogoh-ogoh. It is the Bali Ogoh-Ogoh Museum.

A museum is a place dedicated to preserving one of the Balinese traditions namely the ogoh-ogoh. This place displays dozens of ogoh-ogoh from various regions in Bali, especially Badung district. The Ogoh-Ogoh Bali is precisely located on Jalan Ayodhya, Pande hamlet, Mengwi, Badung.

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Bali Ogoh-Ogoh Museum
Bali Ogoh-Ogoh Museum

This Balinese ogoh-ogoh museum is located inside the complex of Manusa Yadnya Museum, in the west of the Taman Ayun attraction. It is clearly visible from the Taman Ayun because in front of it lies a banner that reads the Ogoh-Ogoh Bali Collection.

This attraction is managed by an artist from Mengwi, I Ketut Nuada. He is a painter inside the compound of the Taman Ayun temple. Besides, he is the first person who had the idea to establish an ogoh-ogoh museum in Bali. For many years, I Ketut Nuada has hunted ogoh-ogoh for collection at this location. Ultimately, after all, collections have been obtained, he officially opened the ogoh-ogoh Bali in April 2012.

With the museum, he would like to introduce more ogoh-ogoh figures to the world community as it cannot be found any time. However, it can only be found on the Caka New Year’s Eve in the series of Nyepi Day celebration where Balinese people make the ogoh-ogoh. In addition, the ogoh-ogoh is also one of the works of art covering many fields of the art such as sculpture, architecture, painting, decoration, music, dance et cetera. So, it is considered very important to immortalize some parts of it as an effort to participate in preserving Balinese culture.

The existence of the museum makes the world community more familiar with Balinese culture. At the same time, it is also meant to support the interest and talent of Balinese young generation in the artistic creativity. Before visiting the Ogoh-Ogoh Bali means you have not completed your travel in Bali. Here are some collections of the ogoh-ogoh.

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