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Through the Eyes of Balinese High Priest:Nyepi for UNFCCC
Friday, 20 Jun, 2008 – 17:03 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Balinese High Priest:Nyepi for UNFCCC

At first I want to include this article under the headline “Through the Eyes of Researcher” but since this article was written a Balinese high priest Sri Bhagawan Dwija Warsa Nawa Sandi from Buleleng …

Mask Dance and Religion
Wednesday, 18 Jun, 2008 – 16:34 | No Comment
Mask Dance and Religion

Balinese dances, dance dramas and music and all kind of arts at first in Bali are not art for art’s sake. All choreography, compositions and adances are ultimately rooted in religion. And masked dance is …

Tenganan’s Ferris Wheel
Saturday, 14 Jun, 2008 – 13:48 | One Comment
Tenganan’s Ferris Wheel

Annual Usaba Sambah Festival (a grand festival which is held in the fifth month of Tenganan’s traditional calendar) in Tenganan Pangrisingan village is not just offers the well-known adrenaline-rising ritual such as makare-karean (a duel …

Bali Art Festival 2008
Friday, 13 Jun, 2008 – 16:04 | 4 Comments
Bali Art Festival 2008

Tomorrow, Saturday (6/14/08) Bali Art Festival, a month-long festival participated by all regencies in the province of Bali and from other provinces in Indonesia and several foreign participants, like USA, Korea, Japan, Australia, will be …

Mimpi Bali Dreaming Bali – Images from our past
Saturday, 7 Jun, 2008 – 13:37 | 4 Comments
Mimpi Bali  Dreaming Bali – Images from our past

Maurizio Rosenberg Colorni has been searching for old Balinese photographs in museums, archives and private collections throughout Europe and Indonesia. His collection clearly reveals to us the evolution of photography in Bali. This evolution is …

Frequently Asked Questions about Gamelan
Friday, 6 Jun, 2008 – 17:24 | No Comment
Frequently Asked Questions about Gamelan

Yesterday, I did my regular browsing activity on the net and stumbled across an interesting article entitled “Frequently Asked Questions about Gamelan” in www.dcgamelan.com, a site owned by Gamelan Mitra Kusuma, which is founded in …

Workforce Management a la Balinese
Tuesday, 3 Jun, 2008 – 19:16 | No Comment
Workforce Management a la Balinese

In Bali, almost everyday you can a find a ceremony or two are held, in an auspicious or lucky day thousands of ceremonies are held all over the islands. These ceremonies cannot just be prepared …

What color should I wear?
Friday, 30 May, 2008 – 16:54 | No Comment
What color should I wear?

What color should I wear when attending a ceremony? Sometimes, can be a tricky for a Balinese, when it comes to traditional dress for attending a ceremony, color sometimes matter. For attending temple ceremony white …

A Little Mountain of Rice called Tumpeng
Thursday, 29 May, 2008 – 16:02 | No Comment
A Little Mountain of Rice called Tumpeng

In the paradise island of Bali, when it comes to offering (banten) for the ceremony the Balinese women holds the sway. Balinese women prepare all the offerings (banten) that is needed for the ceremony. If …

Handicraft Industry in Bali
Wednesday, 28 May, 2008 – 16:50 | 6 Comments
Handicraft Industry in Bali

The proliferation of handicraft industry in Bali, for many people is considered the side effect of tourism. It is true that when the tourism of Bali experienced its darkest moment after the first and second …

Finally, The Real Sanghyang Dedari
Monday, 26 May, 2008 – 16:24 | One Comment
Finally, The Real Sanghyang Dedari

Tomorrow evening, 05/27/08, the real Sanghyang dedari dance will be held in Bukit Buluh Temple, in Banjar Gunaksa (Gunaksa hamlet), Ababi village, Karangasem regency. When I say the “real Sanghyang Dedari” what I refer …

Trance Dance in Bali
Friday, 16 May, 2008 – 16:36 | One Comment
Trance Dance in Bali

People who know little about Bali, at the least know that there are dances in which men in a state of trance attack themselves with their krisses, that there are other dances in which little …

I Gusti Made Deblog
Thursday, 15 May, 2008 – 16:45 | No Comment
I Gusti Made Deblog

Ubud is indisputable center of Balinese art especially for painting with its numerous talented artists and many excellent paintings. However there are artists of talent emerge outside Ubud whose style and substance appear to develop …

Delicious Meal in Woven Young Coconut Leaves
Friday, 9 May, 2008 – 15:05 | One Comment
Delicious Meal in Woven Young Coconut Leaves

There is a holiday called Kajeng Kliwon in which Balinese serves Tipat or Belayag (rice-cake snack cooked in a small container of woven young coconut leaves) to The God. Besides in Kajeng Kliwon, Tipat is …

I Wayan Limbak
Wednesday, 7 May, 2008 – 17:12 | No Comment
I Wayan Limbak

Wayan Limbak, a late Balinese dancer which the popularity of his legacy has surpassed his own name, was a Baris (warrior dance) dancer who, along with Walter Spies, created the island’s famous monkey dance or …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Contrasts of Music Style between Java and Bali
Tuesday, 6 May, 2008 – 17:05 | One Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Contrasts of Music Style between Java and Bali

Here is an interesting article on the contrast of Music style between Java and Bali from Fredric Lieberman.

Java and Bali share many basic music-style elements. The predominant instruments in both traditions are struck metal idiophones …

The Replica Suite
Monday, 5 May, 2008 – 17:27 | No Comment
The Replica Suite

The Suites welcomes you with a Private Entrance. The first sight and vision grasping your feelings would be your very own tailored Landscapes and eye soothing Private Pool [Outdoor Jacuzzi in President Suite], further augmented …

Balinese Dances Today Part 1
Sunday, 4 May, 2008 – 9:00 | 3 Comments
Balinese Dances Today Part 1

Tightly wound in golden costumes, quivering flowers atop tooled leather crowns, the dancers’ eyes dart from side to side, matching the energy in their hands as their fingers seem to shimmer in their joints. Balinese …

Dealing with the Painting
Friday, 2 May, 2008 – 16:26 | No Comment
Dealing with the Painting

Dealing with the painting in Bali is not a simple matter, if you a beginner in this area, your best choice is to acquire a paper booklet on painting. If you are seriously interested in …

Kertalangu Cultural Village
Wednesday, 30 Apr, 2008 – 17:00 | No Comment
Kertalangu Cultural Village

Kertalangu Cultural Village, as its slogan says is a new concept destination in Bali. Situated in the middle of the rice field in Sanur area Kertalangu gives a rural nuances yet easily reached from the …

Modern Baris
Tuesday, 29 Apr, 2008 – 15:58 | No Comment
Modern Baris

Balinese dance is an aspect of Balinese culture that undergoes many changes and gets many influences from various sources. These changes and influences create add a new flavor to the established genre of Balinese traditional …

The War of Sampian
Saturday, 26 Apr, 2008 – 14:44 | 5 Comments
The War of Sampian

On Thursday, 4/24/08, a sacred and unique ceremony known as Siat Sampian (war of sampian) was held in Samuan Tiga temple as a part of series of rituals to commemorate the temple anniversary that had …

A Balinese Birthday
Friday, 25 Apr, 2008 – 18:03 | No Comment
A Balinese Birthday

Contrary to most of people in the world who are so interested with their birthday party that they are fond of creating something to make their birthday to be a luxurious moment, Balinese prefer to …

Balinese Answer for Aesop’s Fables
Thursday, 24 Apr, 2008 – 17:02 | One Comment
Balinese Answer for Aesop’s Fables

The west has Aesop fable, which deals with the numerous fables and the Balinese answer for this series of the fables, is Tantri story. The Tantri story is the name of Javanese version on the …

On Wealth
Saturday, 19 Apr, 2008 – 14:24 | No Comment
On Wealth

Dozens of fancy cars, a grand mansion or two with millions of dollar in your bank account just dust in your mouth when you do not have any cattle, in Botswana how wealthy you are …

Cupak and Grantang Part 2
Friday, 18 Apr, 2008 – 16:55 | No Comment
Cupak and Grantang Part 2

Cupak and Grantang were two siblings with closely different characters. When Grantang was expelled by his father, Cupak came after his brother then followed him wherever he went to.
One day, they came in an …

A Glimpse from the Royal Cremation of Dr. Anak Agung Made Djelantik
Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2008 – 13:37 | No Comment
A Glimpse from the Royal Cremation of Dr. Anak Agung Made Djelantik

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On Friday, April 11, 2008, the cremation ceremony of …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Cockfights and the Balinese Male Psyche
Wednesday, 9 Apr, 2008 – 17:00 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Cockfights and the Balinese Male Psyche

Here is an interesting article written by Arthur Asa Berger, PhD on cockfight and Balinese men.
William Ingram begins his superb memoir of his experiences living with a Balinese family, A Little Bit of One …

A Glimpse of Barong
Monday, 31 Mar, 2008 – 12:39 | No Comment
A Glimpse of Barong

Barong is a portrayal of a mythical monster that is animated by two men, one manipulating the mask, the other the hind end. Barong has a long, sagging body built on a framework of bamboo …

Cremation Tower
Friday, 28 Mar, 2008 – 17:17 | One Comment
Cremation Tower

Ngaben or cremation ceremony is arguably the most documented Balinese ceremony among hundreds of Balinse religious ceremonies. And of course the prima ballerina of Balinese cremation is the cremation tower or well known as Bade …

Jayaprana and Layonsari
Tuesday, 25 Mar, 2008 – 16:52 | One Comment
Jayaprana and Layonsari

English has Romeo and Juliet to be proud of as a spectacular literary work. Chinese has Sampik Ing-Tai that shows world community that they also have a great romantic story. And Balinese answer for a …

I Nyoman Mandra, master painter of Kamasan
Sunday, 23 Mar, 2008 – 12:26 | 5 Comments
I Nyoman Mandra, master painter of Kamasan

The village of Kamasan, in Klungkung, Bali’s oldest kingdom, as an ancient tradition of painting with its roots in the art of the great Javanese empire of Majapahit. Kamasan is far from the usual tourist …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Language
Saturday, 22 Mar, 2008 – 14:46 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Language

Here is an interesting piece of writing on Balinese language which is taken from Scott A Johnsen’s thesis which is entitled From Royal House to Nation: The Construction of Hinduism and Balinese Ethnicity In Indonesia:
A …

Other Silence Days Part 1
Wednesday, 5 Mar, 2008 – 17:18 | 2 Comments
Other Silence Days Part 1

Silence day, a holy to celebrate the Balinese New Year will be held on Friday, 3/7/08, on this day silent will reign supreme all over the island. In most areas in Bali, silence day is …

Giant Puppet Workshop
Monday, 3 Mar, 2008 – 17:01 | No Comment
Giant Puppet Workshop

On Balinese new year eve, known as pangrupukan (this year falls on 6/3/2008), thousands of ogoh ogoh (giant puppet of evil spirits, scary monsters, giants of Ramayana epic and other malevolent beings), will on the …

Rejang: Tenganan Pegringsingan
Friday, 29 Feb, 2008 – 13:51 | One Comment
Rejang: Tenganan Pegringsingan

We were surprised; we have seen Rejang dance before in other areas of Bali, we expected to see the slow and elegance movement of Rejang, smooth movements of the feet combine with hands movements as …

Dokar (Horse Cart) Festival
Monday, 25 Feb, 2008 – 16:21 | One Comment
Dokar (Horse Cart) Festival

Keeping alive the art and culture of Bali is not only the responsibility of the government, though government has programs to preserve the cultural heritages. Balinese youth have their own way in participating and supporting …

Wayang Skateboard
Sunday, 24 Feb, 2008 – 8:00 | No Comment
Wayang Skateboard

When the bomb went off in Kuta last October, the reactions were mainly those of grief, horror and surprise. After the first few weeks of emergency care, it was time to try and figure out …

Behind Pagerebongan Ceremony
Saturday, 23 Feb, 2008 – 13:48 | 2 Comments
Behind Pagerebongan Ceremony

Pangerebongan is a traditional ceremony that aims to protect people especially for them who live around of Kesiman village from disease, disasters, and others bad things. Most people of Kesiman pu much faith in the …

Creating the Giant Puppet (ogoh-ogoh)
Wednesday, 20 Feb, 2008 – 17:01 | One Comment
Creating the Giant Puppet (ogoh-ogoh)

On March 7th Balinese will celebrate Nyepi (Balinese New Year) but for the teenagers all over the island the special day is a day prior to nyepi on March 6th. On this day ogoh-ogoh (a …