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Canang Offerings  

by on Monday, 13 March 20064 Comments | 5,844 views

An offering is something tangible, presented to appease the Gods in times of prayer. Philosophically, an offering is a sort of self sacrifice. One spends a significant amount of time and money in making an offering, putting something of oneself into it.

The most common form of offering that is seen everywhere in Bali on a daily basis is known as canang. It placed in temples, shrines and strategic locations of importance with a waft from a stick of incense and sprinkle of holy water. Shop keepers place this kind of flower offering in front of their stall upon opening up for trade and taxi drivers invariably have one on the dashboard of their vehicle.

As all offerings in Bali are made from natural things, canang is formed from a coconut palm leaf square basket filled with a slice of banana or sugar cane, a few grains of rice, a betel quid, vibrant hues of flowers and shredded leaf on top.


In many rural villages around Bali canang offerings are still made by obtaining the raw components from within the family compound. However, today in urban areas canang can easily be bought from vendors at a traditional marketplace. This is a thriving home industry for many Balinese women who have recognized that some households are simply too busy to make their own daily offerings.

Another simple Balinese offering called saiban is performed every morning once the family food has been prepared. Small portions of leaf are placed on a tray and topped with a sprinkle of salt, a few grains of rice and some shredded coconut (or a tiny piece of the food that has just been cooked). This is then placed in the family shrine and presented to God in appreciation for the food that is about to be consumed.


Even as the island succumbs to a modern way of life, the art of making the most common form of offerings is still something that almost any young Balinese girl is able to do. This is an inherited practice, along with the duty to take care of the family shrine, which has been passed down through the generations.

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    • thierry dehove said:

      Good Morning, Thanks to share this experience and I had also this “class” during my trip in this paradise.
      Namaste, thierry

    • Don Bennett said:

      These offerings are real “eye candy”, be sure to have a good camera at the ready. Everyday of our visit, we uploaded photos to a website, such that the friends back home could follow our progress. Next trip we may write to a blog, to add a short story for every group of pictures. 500 photos later, I could easily lose track.

    • dek war said:

      thanks you so much ur information about oferring,
      but can u tell me ,
      first….. why the type of canang are different?
      becouse some of guest have ask me but i can’t answer it? like i know there are type of canang like treangel,sircle,crosangel and so on…..?
      the second one can u tell me what the meaning or symbol each of contents like porosan,the foodstuff,the money ……and the other….
      thank before…….

    • wow power leveling said:

      Looks like your question thing at the end of the post worked. Also not having to sign in is nice too. Good job. Nice list. Thanks.

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