JENGGOT UBAN

This beloved song reflects the relationship between a grandfather and his grandchild. Jenggot Uban means, gray beard. During the lyrics of the song, the child asks a number of questions about whether the grandfather has always had white hair on his face. In Bali, having a white beard is a symbol of one of the four transition cycles in life (Catur Asrama). In the third cycle (Wanaprasta Asrama)—the period in which the grandfather is living in this song—one is expected to dedicate time to acquiring knowledge, to practicing meditation and yoga, and to visiting holy places to prepare for the next cycle of life (Sanyasin Asrama). In the third cycle, one begins a long search for the meaning of life and freedom from material goods. Thus, we gain understanding from this song that learning and the search for knowledge is a lifelong journey.

Watch this pop arrangement of Jenggot Uban by 

Anak Agung Bagus (Putra) Prasetia (performing guitar) and Gede Bagus (Adi)tiya Surya Wisnawa from Kerambitan, Tabanan, Bali.

Watch this young girl pronounce the words to the song Jenggot Uban