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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 …

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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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 …

Makare-karean: A Test of Bravery and Endurance
Saturday, 10 Feb, 2007 – 13:16 | No Comment
Makare-karean: A Test of Bravery and Endurance

Makare-karean or war by using thorny pandanous leaves is an indigenous war dance of Tenganan Pagringsingan village. Tenganan Pegeringsingan is a traditional Bali Aga (Proto Bali) village is situated at Manggis district, regency of Karangasem …

The Importance of Past in Balinese Life
Saturday, 20 Jan, 2007 – 14:08 | No Comment
The Importance of Past in Balinese Life

Past is something that cannot be separated from Balinese life. It penetrates deep into all aspect of Balinese everyday life. The position of a Balinese in his community, in socio-cultural life of the community, in …

All is Fair in Love
Thursday, 11 Jan, 2007 – 14:35 | No Comment
All is Fair in Love

‘All is fair in love’ a saying that is understood perfectly by the Balinese. When love from a man or woman seems impossible to achieve, it is time for magic to join the game. The …

Balinese View toward Disaster
Tuesday, 9 Jan, 2007 – 15:48 | No Comment
Balinese View toward Disaster

For Balinese disaster, unfortunate event, accident, bad luck etc are part of life. The concept of Rwa Bhineda (two different aspect of life -good and bad, day and night- but unite as one entity) runs …

Java-Bali Fusion
Saturday, 6 Jan, 2007 – 13:32 | 3 Comments
Java-Bali Fusion

The Java-Bali fusion dance storms the world of contemporary dance. The fusion of Bedaya Ketawang and Legong Calonarang brings a new touch in the contemporary dance performance. The fusion of these very different rivets …

A Glimpse on Inconformity of Balinese Hinduism
Wednesday, 3 Jan, 2007 – 17:00 | 4 Comments
A Glimpse on Inconformity of Balinese Hinduism

To give a better idea on the inconformity of Hinduism in Bali, the Pegatuakan ceremony that fortunately, happen today will serve as a good example.

Today, Balinese celebrate Pegatuakan ceremony, this ceremony mark the end of …

Tenget (Between Sacred and Spooky)
Tuesday, 2 Jan, 2007 – 13:45 | No Comment
Tenget (Between Sacred and Spooky)

“Tenget” is a word that Balinese see with awe, respect and fear. This adjective has no exact equivalent in English, its meaning lies somewhere between sacred and spooky. This adjective usually associated with a place …

Balinese Children
Saturday, 30 Dec, 2006 – 13:33 | 3 Comments
Balinese Children

Children in Bali before their first tooth loosing are considered as a representative of god. They are not responsible for their action because as Balinese believes, their mind is still undeveloped. It is the god …

Genjek and Cakepung
Thursday, 28 Dec, 2006 – 12:50 | No Comment
Genjek and Cakepung

The genjek was originated in the regencies of Buleleng and Karangasem, a decade ago. The word “genjek “is derived from the word “gonjak” means joke. It was born as a kill time activity; it started …

Tukang Terang (Rain Man)
Monday, 25 Dec, 2006 – 14:47 | No Comment
Tukang Terang (Rain Man)

When rainy season finally comes, there should be rain everyday in Bali. The service of a rain man (tukang terang) is in high demand, since many traditional or secular events are held outdoor and a …

Megibung (Magibung)
Monday, 25 Dec, 2006 – 0:00 | 2 Comments
Megibung (Magibung)

The word “megibung” is from the Balinese dialect meaning people eating communally. It is traditional custom of the Karangasem regency and normally occurs when there is a lot of work to be done in the …

Balinese Women
Saturday, 23 Dec, 2006 – 12:17 | 5 Comments
Balinese Women

Speaking about Balinese women, we will speak about endurance, patience, love and care and of course, hard workers. The women do all the work while men go to tajen (cockfighting) is the image of Balinese …

The Great Ceremony in Taman Ayun Temple
Wednesday, 20 Dec, 2006 – 16:55 | No Comment
The Great Ceremony in Taman Ayun Temple

The great mamungkah and mupuk pedagingan ceremony in Pura Taman Ayun reached its peak yesterday (12/19/2006). The ceremony began on 10/21/2006 and last until 12/30/2006. This great ceremony comprised of a series of intricate ceremonies.
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Med Medan
Wednesday, 20 Dec, 2006 – 4:00 | 2 Comments
Med Medan

Med Medan
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Banjar Kaja, Desa Adat Sesetan, located in Jalan Raya Sesetan after Jalan Diponegoro. It was afternoon about 03.00 pm; the road was closed by Pecalang. It was tradition a day after …

Topeng
Sunday, 17 Dec, 2006 – 9:40 | No Comment
Topeng

Masks or topeng, as they are known as in Bali, are popular crafted souvenirs sold in various forms in almost every art shop or gallery around the island. The range is diverse, from those that …

Sanghyang Dance (The Dance of Spirits)
Tuesday, 5 Dec, 2006 – 17:26 | No Comment
Sanghyang Dance (The Dance of Spirits)

The Sanghyang dance is included in trance dance genre. This dance is believed to have the power to invite the gods or sacred spirits to enter the body of the dancers and put them in …

Wayang Kulit (Leather Puppet)
Monday, 27 Nov, 2006 – 11:51 | One Comment
Wayang Kulit (Leather Puppet)

Wayang Kulit is a very popular traditional art performance uses the shadow of leather puppets in its performance. The origin of wayang kulit can be traced back to the days of King Ugrasena in 896. …

Subak Irrigation Management 2
Wednesday, 22 Nov, 2006 – 17:09 | 4 Comments
Subak Irrigation Management 2

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The general Balinese philosophy guiding the subak system adheres to the principle of Tri Hita Karana which emphasises that happiness can only be reached if the Creator (God), the people (the farmers) and …

Subak Irrigation Management 1
Tuesday, 21 Nov, 2006 – 17:01 | 6 Comments
Subak Irrigation Management 1

Balinese rice cultivation is famous all over the world for its efficient use of irrigation water. At the heart of irrigation management are the water user associations called subak. They are the backbone of Balinese …

Traditional Woven Textiles
Tuesday, 17 Oct, 2006 – 17:05 | No Comment
Traditional Woven Textiles

The tradition of weaving cloth is another heritage that has been passed down through generations of Balinese women. Like many other local art forms, weaving is based on the principals of harmony. This is indicated …

Kamasan Classic Puppet Painting Style
Wednesday, 4 Oct, 2006 – 16:59 | No Comment
Kamasan Classic Puppet Painting Style

Kamasan is a Balinese village located in the regency of Klungkung that is renowned for the diversity of arts and crafts produced there. Skilled artisans’ turn out goods made from bamboo, wood, iron and even …

Kecak
Tuesday, 29 Aug, 2006 – 11:58 | No Comment
Kecak

A chorus or men who utter the syllable “c(h)ak” with many variation and without instrumental accompaniment; originally accompanied sanghyang dance in the villages, but was adapted by Europeans to a new form called, popularly, …

Dalang – The Wayang Puppeteer
Tuesday, 8 Aug, 2006 – 16:38 | No Comment
Dalang – The Wayang Puppeteer

Dalang – the wayang puppeteer who either manipulates the wayang kulit puppets and speaks and the words, or narrates a plot for live actors. He is the playwright, producer, director, singer, mystic scholar, and poet …

Balinese Kite Season
Monday, 24 Jul, 2006 – 12:25 | 4 Comments
Balinese Kite Season

The months of July through until September marks kite flying season on the island of Bali and the skies are filled with all sorts of wonderful handmade creations. Children learn to make their own kites …

Ramayana Painting Exhibitions
Tuesday, 11 Jul, 2006 – 10:49 | No Comment
Ramayana Painting Exhibitions

Mrs, Rozalia Hummel was born in Budapest, Hungary but often seen as an Indian artist.
She started to paint in 1979 in south France. In 1981 she went to Udaipur, Indian and lived for 10 …

Lelunakan or Tengkuluk
Monday, 26 Jun, 2006 – 14:21 | 3 Comments
Lelunakan or Tengkuluk

Letting their hair fall loose is taboo for Balinese women – especially in public and in traditional ceremonies – even though a girl’s hair might be ever so beautiful. Loose hair is only seen when …

Bali Arts Festival 2006, Day 4
Wednesday, 21 Jun, 2006 – 12:14 | No Comment
Bali Arts Festival 2006, Day 4

Daily photo journal of Bali Arts Festival 2006
Day 04, Tuesday, 20 June 2006
Time: 10.00
Event: Gong Gede by Sekaa Gong Gede Ds. Pakraman Demulih Susut, Bangli Regency
Venue: Kalangan Angsoka
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Walter Spies – More Story
Saturday, 17 Jun, 2006 – 12:13 | No Comment
Walter Spies – More Story

Walter Spies was born September 15, 1895 in Moscow as the son of a German diplomat. He grew up in an intellectual and art-minded environment. As a child he already had a great interest in …