Gebogan is a Balinese offering with the reflection of mountain shape or triangle. In Balinese language, Gebogan means ‘amount’ which in the old days, the Balinese were using ‘amount’ of their harvested product such as fruits to make gebogan.
This offering is consisted of many kind of fruits, flowers and other ornaments that is arranged from bigger to smaller to form the required shape. It is not just the artistic or aesthetic value of a person needed to make beautiful gebogan, we have also to be patient to stick one by one of the fruits or flowers to its ‘core’ (made from the stem of banana sapling).
Making gebogan is also a symbol that in reaching our goal whatever it is, career, graduation, buy a house, go for a holiday,…..(feel free to fill in the empty space), we should build it from bottom, bit by bit with our persistence, patience and endeavor until we reach our goal or the top.
When gebogan is presented as an offering, it is ‘delivered’ to the temple by carrying it on top of the head. Whereas it is used as some decorations in a traditional ceremony (a wedding, Balinese tooth filling, or others) it is set on top of the floor or a table.