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pedanda (plural pedanda)

  1. In Bali, a Hindu scholarly high priest or priestess.
    • Lesley Reader, Lucy Ridout, The Rough Guide Bali and Lombok (2002) p. 510
      The only people who are conversant with all the rituals of agama Hindu are the high priests, or pedanda, men and a few women of the Brahman caste who spend years studying the complex theology.
    • Leo Howe, The Changing World Of Bali: Religion, Society and Tourism (2005) p. 92
      Instead of the temple having an annual festival, services are carried out every new and full moon day and on other holy days, and the presiding pedanda, after performing a ritual to make holy water, gives a sermon, yet another innovation and departure from traditional practice.