Gebogan on Top of the Head

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).

Gebogan are on top of the head

Gebogan are on top of the head

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.

Gebogan on (top) of the floor or table

Gebogan on (top) of the floor or table

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.

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5 thoughts on “Gebogan on Top of the Head

  1. The Gebogan looks heavy. I think you’ll need a lot of practice to be able to carry it over a long distance. Those women in the photo look like they’ve been doing it for most of their lives. And the Gegoban is tall too!


    • Hi, Mabel. Indeed, it’s not an easy job to do. Frankly speaking, I can’t do that, in spite of the fact that I’m a Balinese :). Thank you for your visit and comment.


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