KOMUNIKASI SIMBOLIK PADA TRADISI MELI BOK DALAM RANGKAIAN UPACARA NELUBULANIN DI DESA PAKRMAN PILING KECAMATAN PEBEBEL KABUPATEN TABANAN

Ni Luh Wayan Sunarti

Abstract


Traditions in Hindu basically used as a part of religion ritual as the real form of Acara. Every village in Bali has their own tradition. One of them is Meli Bok tradition as a series of nelubulanin ritual in Piling village, Penebel subdistric, Tabanan regency. It is a for om symbolic communication which is done by Piling villagers. This meaningful tradition is a symbol of gratitude, joy, and pure bhakti by Piling villagers. In the implementation of the tradition or religious ritual, there are interpersonal, intrapersonal, and group communication. There is meaning in every religious ritual, as well as the Meli Bok tradition which has social solidarity meaning, holy meaning, gratitude meaning, and religious meaning.

Cutting hair ritual has function to balance or improve self quality of the baby. It is because atman will be affected by the material world as it obsess into human body. This cutting hair ritual is done to build the harmony between atman and the body. The first hair will be bought and put into a ketupat sirikan. And the money will be purified by using banten sesayut perbersihan and placed on a pelangkiran.

The implementation of Meli Bok tradition is a form of love and showing honor for the baby or forefathers who are believed to be reincarnated on the baby. Piling villagers show their honor by buying the hair of the baby, because hair is the most sacred part of human body. The money used to buy the hair is a symbol to fulfill Artha which is called as catur purusa artha in Hindu’s believes. Through Meli Bok tradition implementation, it also improve the villagers’ feeling of togetherness and kinship.   


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