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Balinese Traditional Games


Balinese Traditional Games

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We all know children learn through playing and by using their imagination. However, with technology, children nowadays are missing out on the real fun of traditional games that their parents and grandparents played during their childhood. Indeed technology-based games are helpful in stimulating a child’s brain but there are more benefits derived from playing traditional games; playing such games is crucial in the social, physical and cognitive development of children. And they’re fun to play!

Many traditional Balinese games are no less exciting than the modern games that have sprung up nowadays, which only bring negative effects to the mindset or power of the brain and physical growth of the child.

Here’s a traditional Balinese game:

1.  Metajog

Metajog is a game tool that is available, this metajog name is also the name of the game. To play tajog also requires balance and skill, therefore you must learn first if you want to play metajog. Metajog or titajong is played and used as one of the contests on Independence Day, the game metajog has similarities with the game originating from West Java, namely the stilts, has the same way of playing and the shape of the tool, only the name distinguishes. Standing while walking on bamboo is something that is not easy and requires regular practice and is followed by a strong desire to play tajog. Until now, metajog games have been difficult to find. The game of the past was very exciting.

2. Meong-Meongan

The Meongan-meongan game is a traditional Balinese game that is very papular in Bali. The Meong-meongan game has been widely known by Javanese children and is not only popular and famous in Bali.This traditional Balinese game requires at least 8 people to play this game, if the player is more than 8 people the game will be more enjoyable. Of the 8 players there will be 1 person who has the role of a mouse.

3.  Megoak-Goakan

Another traditional Balinese game is fun-filled, in this game there are some who form a line and hold each other. Players are wearing strong and comfortable belts.Because the belt will be the handle of the person behind it and will be pulled back, try to tie the belt firmly and comfortably so that later does not feel pain during the process of playing megoak-persist.Players who become heads have the duty to secure their members and eat the members in the opponent group, if one group gets the most members will be the winner. This game is played on the ground that is flooded so that the game becomes more exciting and adds to the joy in playing.

4.  Engkeb-Engkeban

Engkeb- engkeban  is the name of the actual game if the name of this game is translated into Indonesian, meaning hide and seek, the game of pure crab comes from Bali and this game in Bali is still played by Balinese children.

This traditional Balinese game is played by five children or adjusted to the number of players available, if the players more and more games will be more interesting and fun. In this game there is one person who has the task of finding and maintaining walls, trees, or whatever it is to be used as a place to count.

5.  Dengkleng

This game is done on the ground or floor that has been given a line.These lines can take the form of anything like butterflies, ships and buildings in the middle filled with checkered lines.

With the help of crumbling fragments the player started throwing into sequential boxes until it ran out. When a fraction is thrown in one box, the player must follow the other box by jumping one leg (nengkleng). So on until all the boxes have been filled with broken tiles. In this game feet and tile fragments are not allowed to touch the existing line.

6.  Bola Adil

The game that is not less interesting is the Fair Ball game which sometimes makes a talkative come out, because the game made a scene. The game also plays guessing when the ball is rolled we guess where the ball will be silent.

The right guess will be able to reward 9 times the bet. Really fantastic isn’t it? but what for people on the scene is when the ball has been silent in one number suddenly moves once more to a different number, the average person playing the game cannot be quiet. And the fair ball is one of the traditional gambling games from Bali.

7.  Congklak

Congklak is a kind of Indonesian traditional board game. The board is made from wood, and is normally given 10 to 18 holes on it, with two ‘store house’ holes, one on each end. The design varies from simple, unadorned woods, to boat-shaped boards and beautifully carved. In Indonesia’s Central Java, intricate carvings bearing the shape of the Javanese naga (dragon) are common. The dragon faces out from both ends, with its tail decorating the side of the board and legs suspending the board up off the floor. Of course, being a country that is funl of skillful carvers, the Congklak board can be elaborately carved and painted, with gold and red being popular colours. Most boards, however, are made of relatively plain wood.


It takes two players to play Congklak, each owing around 40 little shells – or at times, children collect little stones from their home yards. Each player will put 7 shells in each hole on their side, leaving their store house empty. The player who goes first will take all the shells out of any hole on their side, moving clockwise around the board and dropping one shell into each hole in an effort to reach their own store house at the end of the board. If the last hole into which the player drops a shell has shells in it, the they can take all of the shells in that hole and put them in their store house and continue moving around the board; if the hole is empty then the player ends their turn.


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