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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Abuang Dance: the Hallmark of Tenganan New Year
Friday, 15 Feb, 2008 – 17:48 | No Comment
Abuang Dance: the Hallmark of Tenganan New Year

This month, the people of Tenganan celebrated their new year with the sacred Usaba Kasa ceremony – Usaba Kasa is a series ceremony that celebrated the first month of Tenganan year. This year, the final …

Centennial Celebration of Anak Agung Pandji Tisna
Sunday, 3 Feb, 2008 – 10:06 | No Comment
Centennial Celebration of Anak  Agung Pandji Tisna

On February 11, 2008, the royal family of Buleleng will hold the centennial celebration of Anak Agung Pandji Tisna, the first Balinese writer and also the beloved prince of Buleleng Kingdom. In 1930s, Anak …

Ni Pollok
Friday, 25 Jan, 2008 – 15:29 | 2 Comments
Ni Pollok

She was born on March 3rd 1917 at Banjar Kelandis. Her parents were farmers, but she did not follow her parents’ footsteps. God blessed a great talent to her, She danced Balinese dance beautifully and …

Remembered for introducing Balinese painting to the world
Tuesday, 8 Jan, 2008 – 8:04 | No Comment
Remembered for introducing Balinese painting to the world

A well-written story of Anak Agung Made Djelantik features The Jakarta Post, here is the full sotry:
Kadek Krishna Adidharma, Contributor, Ubud, Bali
Born a Balinese prince at the time of Dutch occupation, Anak Agung Made Djelantik …

Through The Eyes of Researcher: Pornographic Demons
Friday, 30 Nov, 2007 – 17:16 | No Comment
Through The Eyes of Researcher: Pornographic Demons

Here is an interesting piece of writing on Balinese Giant Demon Puppet (ogoh-ogoh) taken from Scott A Johnsen’s thesis which is entitled From Royal House to Nation: The Construction of Hinduism and Balinese Ethnicity In …

Art of Bali
Thursday, 15 Nov, 2007 – 17:02 | No Comment
Art of Bali

“Balinese art is an indispensable part of Balinese religion, culture and life.”
“Art is identical with religion, art creativity is a performance of the religious teaching” this quotation indicates the unity of art and religion in …

The Fate of Folktales
Tuesday, 6 Nov, 2007 – 16:50 | 2 Comments
The Fate of Folktales

When I was a child, my mother, my grandmother or sometimes my father told me bedtime stories occasionally. The stories were Balinese traditional folktales with their cheeky monkey or greedy dog, arrogant king or funny …

Bound by Obligation: to Ancestors
Monday, 22 Oct, 2007 – 13:46 | No Comment
Bound by Obligation: to Ancestors

Ancestor worship is a vital part of Balinese Hinduism, and it is not an exaggeration to say that ceremony for ancestor is as pompous as ceremony for gods. Philosophically, the veneration of ancestor is based …

Wayang Lemah: An Exorcistic Puppet Performance
Friday, 14 Sep, 2007 – 17:32 | No Comment
Wayang Lemah: An Exorcistic Puppet Performance

When a grand ceremony is held, the performance of Wayang Lemah is obligatory. As its name suggest Wayang Lemah is always performed in the daylight (“wayang” means “puppet” and “lemah” means “day”) and is usually …

The Dance of Rangda
Friday, 7 Sep, 2007 – 17:09 | 3 Comments
The Dance of Rangda

Out of hundreds Balinese dances maybe the dance of Rangda is the only dance that does not need a great technical ability of dancing, it needs only a courage and high confidence on the spirit …

Modern Balinese Calendar
Thursday, 9 Aug, 2007 – 17:08 | No Comment
Modern Balinese Calendar

No Balinese in his right mind will hold a ceremony without consulting a calendar for an auspicious day for the execution of the ceremony, and the best calendar for determining a good day for ceremony …

Another Source of Thrill
Monday, 30 Jul, 2007 – 15:41 | No Comment
Another Source of Thrill

Like any other people, Balinese are also thrill-seekers, enjoy watching others take great risks and live to tell the tale, although Balinese have no tradition of wire walking or high diving or other dangerous athletic …

Hierarchy in Bali
Saturday, 28 Jul, 2007 – 14:13 | One Comment
Hierarchy in Bali

Hierarchy is an important notion in Bali and still plays a dominant role in Balinese culture. In Bali, hierarchy is believed to be the foundation of order in the family, society, even in the universe. …

Debt in Balinese Point of View
Friday, 27 Jul, 2007 – 16:23 | No Comment
Debt in Balinese Point of View

Ideas of “debt” (utang, rna) are pervasive in Bali, but this is not a simple economic concept, it involves both material (sekala) and non material (niskala) realm; it seems that Balinese have “invisible” economic relations …

Knowledge for All!
Tuesday, 24 Jul, 2007 – 14:38 | No Comment
Knowledge for All!

Balinese Hinduism nowadays is fighting a negative stigma “ritual without essence” in religious practices in Bali. Balinese do their religion, attend ritual, and hold temple anniversary or countless other ceremonies without any knowledge on the …

Being Balinese
Saturday, 21 Jul, 2007 – 12:53 | No Comment
Being Balinese

What makes a person a Balinese? Answering this question will need a closer look on the characteristics of the Balinese. With no further ado, I present you, the Balinese.
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Balinese are bound by their family, local …

Barong Landung: Protective Effigy of the Village
Wednesday, 18 Jul, 2007 – 14:56 | No Comment
Barong Landung: Protective Effigy of the Village

Barong Landung is a magically protective effigy which is found in many villages of Denpasar area in preference to Barong Ket and other types of animal Barong. The word ‘landung’ means tall and indeed the …