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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 …

“A. A. Made Djelantik Room”
Saturday, 5 Jan, 2008 – 7:58 | No Comment
“A. A. Made Djelantik Room”

“Yayasan Walter Spies Bali” and “Walter Spies Society Germany”
cordially invites you to attend the opening of the
“A. A. Made Djelantik Room”
at ARMA MUSEUM Ubud
on 9th January 2008, 17.00 pm.
This Permanent Exhibition of …

On Yadnya
Friday, 4 Jan, 2008 – 16:10 | 2 Comments
On Yadnya

The word Yadnya is so close to the Hindus. It cannot be separated in the Hindus’ daily life. But what is Yadnya actually?
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The meaning of Yadnya can be divided into two, the wider and …

Nusa Penida and the Kingdom of Dalem Peed
Monday, 31 Dec, 2007 – 15:05 | No Comment
Nusa Penida and the Kingdom of Dalem Peed

Source from “Traces of Gods and Men — Temples and Rituals as Landmarks of Social Events and Processes in South Bali Village” by Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin

The historical scenery of Bali unfold from a third perspective as …

On ‘Banten’ – the Forgotten Meaning
Saturday, 22 Dec, 2007 – 13:45 | One Comment
On ‘Banten’ – the Forgotten Meaning

Every region must have their own tradition which is inherited from their ancestor. Such as India with their ‘mangal sutra’ tradition and the dowry from the bride, Japan for their tea ceremony and also the …

on Nyepi, part 1
Sunday, 9 Dec, 2007 – 14:34 | No Comment
on Nyepi, part 1

The existence of Caka Lunar Calendar was the basis history that ended the hostilities among Indian tribes. They were Pahlawa, Yuehchi, Yuwana, Malawa, and Caka. They were fighting each other to have power. The Cakas …

Rubber Time aka Bali Time
Friday, 7 Dec, 2007 – 16:27 | No Comment
Rubber Time aka Bali Time

A professor said to one of his students who really like to come late, “What time do you have?”
“10:20, Sir”, he said.
“You haven’t been on time, so just wait outside till the class end”, the …

What Belongs to Whom
Saturday, 1 Dec, 2007 – 14:50 | One Comment
What Belongs to Whom

During the time we are not really concern about our cultural assets. Ironically we start to concern on it just when someone has taken it and partly claim it is belong to them, such as …

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 …

Çudamani Gamelan Music & Dance Summer Institute
Tuesday, 27 Nov, 2007 – 5:05 | No Comment
Çudamani Gamelan Music & Dance Summer Institute

Summer Institute Bali, Indonesia 2008Three week program: June 30 – July 19, 2008
Application deadline: January 25, 2008 or until enrollment fulfilled
www.cudamani.org
With the success of the 2007 summer program, the internationally acclaimed Çudamani ensemble will …

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 …

Gamelan Cudamani US/Canada TOUR 2007
Sunday, 7 Oct, 2007 – 9:00 | One Comment
Gamelan Cudamani US/Canada TOUR 2007

ON TOUR
ODALAN BALI: An Offering of Music & Dance by Gamelan Cudamani
USA/Canada (Oct-Nov ‘07)
www.cudamani.org
ÇUDAMANI, the 26-member music & dance ensemble from Bali, Indonesia presents ODALAN BALI featuring cutting edge new works as well …

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 …

Balinese Head Cloth
Saturday, 14 Jul, 2007 – 14:23 | No Comment
Balinese Head Cloth

Head cloth, or udeng is the most striking part of Balinese traditional dress. An udeng is actually a piece of square cloth about one meter on each side. It may have overall design but it …

Art and Religion
Wednesday, 4 Jul, 2007 – 17:39 | No Comment
Art and Religion

In Bali, dances, dances dramas and music are almost as indispensable part of a sacrificial ritual as the offering itself. Like an extravagantly supplemented canang offering, they are offered to the gods at home and …

Venue of Bali Arts Festival
Thursday, 14 Jun, 2007 – 16:19 | No Comment
Venue of Bali Arts Festival

Bali Art Festival will soon begin; this festivities and feasts of art and culture will last for a month long in a sprawling five hectares complex of Art Center (Taman Werdhi). This Art Center complex, …

Cakepung: Ancient Merry Performance
Wednesday, 30 May, 2007 – 14:11 | No Comment
Cakepung: Ancient Merry Performance

Cakepung is a male social performance, combination of singing and dancing, done strictly for recreation and amusement, and is found today only in Karangasem Regency and on Lombok, its former vassal state. This folk-performance derives …

Rejang: A Dance for God
Tuesday, 22 May, 2007 – 16:02 | One Comment
Rejang: A Dance for God

Rejang, an ancient dance performs only in a temple anniversary in inner courtyard of the temple to delight and entertain the visiting god and spirit. Rejang consist of a slow procession, but participants conduct themselves …

First European Artist in Bali
Friday, 18 May, 2007 – 17:02 | 2 Comments
First European Artist in Bali

In 1904, when most of Bali still ruled by native princes and wrapped in medieval splendor little touched by the outside, W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp, the first foreign artist to visits Bali, landed on the north coast …

Arak: National Liquor of Bali
Saturday, 21 Apr, 2007 – 12:43 | No Comment
Arak: National Liquor of Bali

Arak, most popular Balinese traditional liquor is distilled tuak (palm beer), and such it has much higher alcohol content than tuak. Arak is clear and colorless, and has a very sharp, biting taste. Since there …

Omed- Omedan Ceremony (Kissing Ritual)
Wednesday, 21 Mar, 2007 – 17:02 | One Comment
Omed- Omedan Ceremony (Kissing Ritual)

The tradition is performed on Ngembak Geni Day, the day following Nyepi, or the Hindu Day of Silence, which fell on Tuesday at Banjar Kaja, Sesetan.
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Çudamani Bali Summer Institute July 2007
Sunday, 4 Mar, 2007 – 7:22 | No Comment
Çudamani Bali Summer Institute July 2007

Çudamani Gamelan Music & Dance Summer Institute Bali, Indonesia 2007
2 week program: July 2-13: 3 week program: July 2-20
www.cudamani.org
Study with the illustrious Gamelan Çudamani in Pengosekan this summer. In the village of Pengosekan, …

The Voice of Bali
Friday, 23 Feb, 2007 – 16:46 | No Comment
The Voice of Bali

When you attend a temple festival in Bali, your ears will be filled with sweet and melodious voices of kakawin singers. The scale of ceremony in Bali can be measured by the appearance of kakawin …

The Art of Expressing Time
Tuesday, 20 Feb, 2007 – 14:57 | No Comment
The Art of Expressing Time

Sad but true, nowadays, many Balinese especially the younger generation do not know how to express and measuring time in traditional Balinese way. Ability to express and measure time in traditional way is now a …

The Le Mayeur Museum of Sanur
Sunday, 18 Feb, 2007 – 9:58 | 2 Comments
The Le Mayeur Museum of Sanur

The sleepy fishing village of Sanur was developed as Bali’s first resort to accommodate the needs to international travelers. But long before the arrival of tourists, this enchanting beach front destination was home to renowned …

Chinese Influence in Bali
Saturday, 17 Feb, 2007 – 13:38 | No Comment
Chinese Influence in Bali

Chinese influence in Balinese culture have been perfectly assimilated and it is hard to distinguish the influence that have been thoroughly assimilated, but there are some influences that still clearly visible.
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Chinese coin, small lead or …

Balinese Traditional Literature: Forgotten Jewel of Bali
Tuesday, 13 Feb, 2007 – 15:46 | One Comment
Balinese Traditional Literature: Forgotten Jewel of Bali

Balinese dance, music, painting, sculpture, and drama are well known around the globe. Unfortunately, Balinese traditional literature does not enjoy so much attention and admiration, known only to cultural researchers and of course by …