A day in the life of a very busy pedanda:
Pedanda Sidemen and his wife at the Griya Bungsu Kepaon tooth-filing ceremony, 14 th and 15 th April 2006
A pedanda is generally limited to five ceremonies in one day. Pedanda Sidemen performed four in an 18 hour period at the Geria Kepaon tooth-filing and related ceremonies on the 14 th and 15 th April.
It is the evening before the tooth-filing. The pedanda is performing a masasarik cleansing ceremony (see photo bottom) for the three teenage brahmana cousins. The celebrants will soon go into retreat – an all night affair involving a sacred diet and a lot of Nintendo games.
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The next morning the pedanda performs the charming ngungkab lawang (door opening) ritual from a standing position (see photo above right). This ceremony empowers a magic bridge which is manifested in the form of a ‘door mat’ of offerings across which the celebrants will cross.
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