Menek Kelih

As soon as a boy experiences nocturnal emission and a girl menstruates for the first time, a Mênek Kêlih ritual is prepared. Another name for this ceremony is Ngeraja Singha for boys and Ngeraja Sewala for girls. It is usually conducted in a very simple way. For some people, Menek Kelih ritual is not compulsory. That is why a number of Balinese teenagers never have this ceremony even though they have entered puberty. Menek Kelih is not as essential as Metatah or Wiwaha, but it has a meaning that a child has experienced physical and mental changes. Therefore, they need distinctive educational and scaffolding process.

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