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This authentic tradition can only be found in Bali. The Balinese fight club, “Perang Pandan” was originally practiced for self-defense purposes. This one month long ceremony is now held annually, in June in Tenganan village, Karangasem, to repsect the Hindu God of War, The Indra.

The word “perang” means war, and “Pandan” comes from the word for Pandanus leaves (which is used as the main material for the ‘weapon’). Moreover, The Perang Pandan is also known as the ‘war dance.’ The war dance symbolized power and strength over their enemies, and dance as you may already know, is a ritual essential part of Balinese culture and traditions.

Photo courtesy of: Mio Cade