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Omed-omedan: A Unique Ritual Part 2
Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010 – 4:48 | No Comment
Omed-omedan: A Unique Ritual Part 2

Omed-omedan is held in a day after Nyepi (silence day) by people of Banjar Kaja, Sesetan village, South Denpasar. The teenagers who belong to this Banjar play the main role on this tradition. They -the …

Ogoh Ogoh – Creating Monster
Sunday, 14 Mar, 2010 – 6:25 | No Comment
Ogoh Ogoh – Creating Monster

Pangrupukan, Balinese New Year eve is always full with celebration and festivity, and ogoh-ogoh, the monstrous doll of Bhuta kala, evil spirit or the personification of negative force, is an indispensable part of this festival.

I Gusti Nyoman Lempad
Tuesday, 23 Feb, 2010 – 14:57 | 2 Comments
I Gusti Nyoman Lempad

Title : The Dagger Attack On Rangda
Artist : I Gusti Nyoman Lempad
Media : Ink and tempera on papper
Size : 24 x 33 cm
Year : 1939s
Courtesy : Neka Art Museum
I Gusti Nyoman Lempad might …

Awaking Youth Creativity through Ogoh-Ogoh Competition
Friday, 22 Jan, 2010 – 3:07 | One Comment
Awaking Youth Creativity through Ogoh-Ogoh Competition

Government of Denpasar Municipality will hold an Ogoh-Ogoh competition among Sekeha Teruna (youth organization) in Denpasar Municipality to welcome the New Year Caka 1932. This competition is not …

Shadow Puppet: Old and New Style
Saturday, 12 Dec, 2009 – 5:20 | 2 Comments
Shadow Puppet: Old and New Style

Shadow puppet is one of Balinese art performance that undergoes great changes in many ways only in the course of twenty years. Out of hundreds shadow puppeteers all over the island only some of them …

Colossal Megibung at Taman Ujung, Karangasem
Monday, 7 Dec, 2009 – 14:34 | No Comment
Colossal Megibung at Taman Ujung, Karangasem

Colossal megibung at Taman Ujung Sukasada Karangasem broke the world record of largest communal eating, 19,768 people participated in this megibung (communal eating) event. The participants came from all over Karangasem regency. The participants of …

Bali Photography: Balinese Women
Friday, 4 Dec, 2009 – 4:43 | 7 Comments
Bali Photography: Balinese Women

Bali was brought to the attention of the Western world through photography. Krause’s provocative black and white shots of maidens and lads bathing, topless women going about their daily business and posed half naked women …

Rengganis: The Symphony of Silence
Wednesday, 25 Nov, 2009 – 7:25 | 2 Comments
Rengganis: The Symphony of Silence

One of many unique art performances that can be found in Buleleng is Rengganis. Rengganis is similar to acapella in Western country but Rengganis is not imitation of musical instruments but rather imitation of various …

Subak Irrigation Management 3
Thursday, 19 Nov, 2009 – 4:45 | 8 Comments
Subak Irrigation Management 3

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In order to produce an optimum quantity of rice a complete farming tools is necessary. Balinese farmer has a wide selection of farming tool based the activity in the field. For example:

Cupak and Grantang
Wednesday, 18 Nov, 2009 – 4:35 | No Comment
Cupak and Grantang

Bali has many folktales. A several days ago you have read a romantic story entitled “Jayaprana and Layonsari”. Now I will present you a story about two brothers who had different attitude and appearance, “Cupak …

Ngelawang Barong (Door to Door Exorcism)
Sunday, 25 Oct, 2009 – 11:26 | One Comment
Ngelawang Barong (Door to Door Exorcism)

The word “ngelawang” in traditional art context is equivalent to “door to door art performance”. In the beginning of 19th door to door mask performance was an everyday spectacle. But since the beginning of 20th …

Maha Bandhana Prasadha: The Apex of Denpasar’s Art and Cultural Events
Friday, 9 Oct, 2009 – 12:01 | No Comment
Maha Bandhana Prasadha: The Apex of Denpasar’s Art and Cultural Events

Denpasar Municipality holds a grand cultural event entitled Maha Bandana Prasadha. This cultural event is held at Puputan Badung square, from 8th – 10th of Oktober 2009. This event comprises of classical art performances …

Good Death from Balinese Point of View
Thursday, 8 Oct, 2009 – 16:24 | No Comment
Good Death from Balinese Point of View

Every culture on the face of the globe has its own view on death, and sometimes it even goes further to define what kind of death that can be called a good death; the manner …

Tipat Bantal War at Kapal Village
Wednesday, 7 Oct, 2009 – 8:32 | No Comment
Tipat Bantal War at Kapal Village

Monday, October 5, 2009, the inhabitants of Kapal village held The Aci Rah Pengangon ritual, known by local people as Perang Tipat‐Bantal or The Tipat Bantal War. This ritual is preceded with collective praying by …

Sanghyang Jaran Dance
Tuesday, 22 Sep, 2009 – 14:52 | 3 Comments
Sanghyang Jaran Dance

Sanghyang Jaran is a kind of trance dance in which the entranced dancers imitate the the movement of soldier on horseback. It is said that in Sanghyang Jaran dance, the dancers are possessed by ancestral …

Joged Bumbung: A Dance for Joyful Ocassion
Saturday, 5 Sep, 2009 – 16:42 | No Comment
Joged Bumbung: A Dance for Joyful Ocassion

In Bali, joyful atmosphere in a ceremony is often be built by a joged Bumbung (joged bungbung). The name joged bungbung is derived from the word joged that means “dance” – joged bungbung dancer is …

Bali 1928: Gamelan Gong Kebyar – Emergence of Kebyar – Part 2
Saturday, 5 Sep, 2009 – 10:31 | No Comment
Bali 1928: Gamelan Gong Kebyar – Emergence of Kebyar – Part 2

As twelve réyong are now omnipresent and taken for granted, the most common association with gamelan sekati is through the oncangan melodic figurations played by the gangsa section. Gamelan sekati is still performed in Bungkulan, …

Cupak Eats Land: A Modern Drama from Buleleng
Tuesday, 1 Sep, 2009 – 13:53 | No Comment
Cupak Eats Land: A Modern Drama from Buleleng

Buleleng is not just rich with traditional art performances but also produces many creative modern art performaces, modern drama for instance. The example for this modern drama performace was staged on the opening night of  …

Palelindon: Treatise on Earthquake
Saturday, 15 Aug, 2009 – 13:24 | One Comment
Palelindon: Treatise on Earthquake

Earthquake for Balinese is not merely a disaster; there is a hidden meaning or a prophecy, in every occurrence of earthquake. Armed with the sacred Palelindon (treatise on earthquake) manuscript, for hundreds of years, Balinese …

A Gratitude to the Tools: Tumpek Landep
Saturday, 15 Aug, 2009 – 0:00 | 2 Comments
A Gratitude to the Tools: Tumpek Landep

If you happen to be in Bali today, you will have a chance to see cars, motorcycles and bicycles all over the island are adorned with beautiful coconut-leaf decorations. Today, Balinese celebrate Tumpek Landep holiday; …

The Art of Glass Painting in Nagasepaha Buleleng
Friday, 7 Aug, 2009 – 6:23 | One Comment
The Art of Glass Painting in Nagasepaha Buleleng

Buleleng regency has many unique handicraft products in its repertoire, one of them is glass painting. The art of glass painting can be found in the village of Nagasepaha, near Singaraja. The glass painting art …

Presentation of the Exhibition Bali Kuno
Wednesday, 5 Aug, 2009 – 15:06 | One Comment
Presentation of the Exhibition Bali Kuno

A celebration of a by gone era…
It is through the very development of photography that images of Bali were divulgated all around the world, evoking the foreign conception of this island as an idyllic land. …

The Results of International Conference and Festival Cultural Identity of North Balinese
Tuesday, 4 Aug, 2009 – 13:26 | One Comment
The Results of International Conference and Festival Cultural Identity of North Balinese

International Conference and Festival Cultural Identity of North Balinese were held successfully from July 30 to August 2, 2009. The conference formulated four recommendations that are aimed to preserve North Balinese culture. These four recommendations …

North and South Bali Collaboration in a Bondres Performance
Monday, 3 Aug, 2009 – 15:07 | One Comment
North and South Bali Collaboration in a Bondres Performance

The International Conference and Festival Cultural Identity of North Balinese was not just all about North Bali but it was also about harmonious synergy between North Bali and South Bali. This harmonious synergy was shown …

The First International Conference and Festival on the ‘Cultural Identity of Buleleng’
Monday, 1 Jun, 2009 – 17:38 | No Comment
The First International Conference and Festival on the ‘Cultural Identity of Buleleng’

The First International Conference and Festival on the ‘Cultural Identity of Buleleng’ will be held from July 30 until 2 August, 2009 at The Bali Taman Hotel, Lovina Beach. Its aim is to (re-)discover the …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: The Nature of Balinese Babad Literature
Thursday, 7 May, 2009 – 16:20 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: The Nature of Balinese Babad Literature

Here is an interesting excerpt on balinese babad literature taken from Helen Creese’s writing entitled “Balinese Babad as Historical Sources: A Reinterpretation of The Fall of Gelgel”, that will give you an interesting insight …

Villa Melissa
Tuesday, 5 May, 2009 – 9:43 | No Comment
Villa Melissa

Standing on a premium location at Pererenan beach strip, newly founded and Bali’s fastest growing tourism area, Villa Melissa gives a sense of tranquility and peacefulness with its secluded location yet provides proximity to Seminyak …

Nikko Bali Resort & Spa : Ultimate Romance in Seventh Heaven
Saturday, 2 May, 2009 – 10:34 | One Comment
Nikko Bali Resort & Spa : Ultimate Romance in Seventh Heaven

Whenever you choose honeymoon destinations, most often you would consider their beauty, warmth, exoticism, splendor, loveliness, charm, exquisiteness and attractiveness. Bali as one of the most acclaimed honeymoon destinations in the world offers more than …

Palm-Leaf Manuscript in Bali Nowadays
Wednesday, 29 Apr, 2009 – 14:07 | One Comment
Palm-Leaf Manuscript in Bali Nowadays

Before the introduction of paper as writing material to the paradise island of Bali, Balinese use specially processed palm leaves known as lontar to record details for future preservation. Despite of the popularity of paper, …

Ubud Writers Readers Festival
Sunday, 5 Apr, 2009 – 10:00 | No Comment
Ubud Writers Readers Festival

Its festive season in Bali. Over the last two weeks Bali floated with a kind of sanctified space with the day of Galungan marking the beginning of the festivities and Kuningan heralding the end. Galungan …

The Peak of Grand Panca Bali Krama Ceremony
Saturday, 28 Mar, 2009 – 20:31 | One Comment
The Peak of Grand Panca Bali Krama Ceremony

On Wednesday (25/3/09) the peak of grand Panca Bali Krama ceremony was conducted on Bencingah (meeting sqaure) of Besakih Temple. The ceremony was conducted on the enclosed holy venue in the middle of the bancingah …

A Glimpse on Pecalang
Tuesday, 24 Mar, 2009 – 12:47 | One Comment
A Glimpse on Pecalang

Bali is an island which is very active in celebrating traditional ceremony. Almost everyday, all over the island, traditional ceremonies and celebrations are held. And those celebrations and ceremonies need security forces to ensure the …

Through The Eyes of Researcher: “The Impact of the Green Revolution and Capitalized Farming on the Balinese Water Temple System”
Tuesday, 3 Mar, 2009 – 17:47 | 2 Comments
Through The Eyes of Researcher: “The Impact of the Green Revolution and Capitalized Farming on the Balinese Water Temple System”

Here is an interesting writing by Jonathan Sepe entitled “The Impact of the Green Revolution and Capitalized Farming on the Balinese Water Temple System”. Without further ado here is the complete article
In the 1970s, the …

Ritus Legong Dance
Tuesday, 24 Feb, 2009 – 16:53 | One Comment
Ritus Legong Dance

The celebration of Tumpek Wariga (a holyday when a blessing ceremony is given to the plants) which was held on Saturday, (2/21/09) in Puputan Square, Denpasar was quite different from the previous celebration. This time, …

Balinese Vanity Fair
Thursday, 19 Feb, 2009 – 16:47 | No Comment
Balinese Vanity Fair

Some say that the vanity of human takes many forms and reaches its end when human reside six feet under; but for Balinese death is just the beginning of vanity fair.
For this topic, I …

Complete Collection of Balinese Gamelan Sets at ISI Denpasar
Friday, 13 Feb, 2009 – 16:40 | No Comment
Complete Collection of Balinese Gamelan Sets at ISI Denpasar

Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) Denpasar which is located at Jalan Nusa Indah Denpasar is not just a place to study the traditional or contemporary Balinese art. It also houses a complete collection of Balinese gamelan …

On Bali’s Arts and Crafts
Monday, 9 Feb, 2009 – 16:20 | One Comment
On Bali’s Arts and Crafts

There is probably no place in the world with such a high density of craftsmen and artisans in Bali. You name it and you can find it here woodcarving, stone carving, bone and ivory carving, …

Marriage Proposal a la Balinese
Wednesday, 4 Feb, 2009 – 17:43 | 2 Comments
Marriage Proposal a la Balinese

For Balinese, a marriage proposal can be a delicate matter that need to be handled carefully and of course can not be the business of the happy couple alone, it is a family business and …

Nico Vrielink And the Gekko was there too…
Wednesday, 4 Feb, 2009 – 14:07 | No Comment
Nico Vrielink  And the Gekko was there too…

Nico Vrielink is an esteemed painter born in 1958 in Reusel in the south part of the Netherlands. He was educated at an Academie of Art in Belgium to become a teacher. But teaching wasn’t …

Through the Eyes of Researcher : The Religious Role of Dalang (Puppeteer)
Tuesday, 3 Feb, 2009 – 16:13 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher : The Religious Role of Dalang (Puppeteer)

Here is an interesting article on the religious role of puppeteer in Bali. this article is an excerpt taken from Umeda Hideharu’s writing entitled “Between and Adat Agama: The Future of the Religious Role of …