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Guidelines for the Culturally Sensitive Guest
Sunday, 12 Jul, 2009 – 5:12 | 14 Comments
Guidelines for the Culturally Sensitive Guest

The Balinese people are very open to sharing their unique cultural heritage and the spiritual wisdom they have nurtured over centuries. Visitors to Bali will be warmly welcomed to most temples and ceremonies. There are, …

Subak Museum
Thursday, 9 Jul, 2009 – 5:41 | 2 Comments
Subak Museum

Subak Museum is definetely one of the most interesting museums in Bali. It is located in Sanggulan village two km east of Tabanan. The Subak Museum houses exhibits on the history and development of Bali’s …

Gebogan
Tuesday, 23 Jun, 2009 – 11:08 | No Comment
Gebogan

Gebogan is one of many different kinds of beautiful offerings Balinese women traditionally make. It contains, flowers, fruits, rice, cone-shaped cakes and a roasted chicken. What is included in Gebogan will vary from one part …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: The Rationalization of Balinese Religion
Sunday, 14 Jun, 2009 – 5:23 | Comments Off on Through the Eyes of Researcher: The Rationalization of Balinese Religion
Through the Eyes of Researcher: The Rationalization of Balinese Religion

Here is an interesting excerpt on Rationalization of Balinese religion from Clifford Geertz’s article entitled “”Internal Conversion” in Contemporary Bali”.
Except for a few odd sports of limited consequence such as Bahai or Mormonism (and leaving …

Domestic Animals of Bali
Sunday, 7 Jun, 2009 – 14:00 | No Comment
Domestic Animals of Bali

The enormous water-buffaloes, which in Bali appear in two colors, a dark muddy gray, and a pale, almost transparent pink, an albino variety are usually found in the river with their masters, small boys wearing …

Launching of Kerthagosa Restoration
Sunday, 31 May, 2009 – 16:43 | No Comment
Launching of Kerthagosa Restoration

The Embassy of Italy is proud to announce that in the evening of Saturday, May 30th, 2009, the Embassy of Italy – with the support of the Bupati of Klungkung, the Italian Institute of Culture, …

Who is Going to be Invited?
Thursday, 14 May, 2009 – 17:25 | No Comment
Who is Going to be Invited?

Having a wedding ceremony which is attended only by family and few friends is almost impossible for Balinese. In Balinese society, wedding ceremony is not a ceremony that can be managed solely by the …

Determining an Auspicious Time for Ceremony
Friday, 8 May, 2009 – 19:11 | No Comment
Determining an Auspicious Time for Ceremony

For Balinese, determining an auspicious time for holding a ceremony is an important phase in preparation of ceremony. No Balinese in his right mind will hold a ceremony without consulting specialist for finding auspicious …

Temple of Rice Fields
Monday, 4 May, 2009 – 19:27 | No Comment
Temple of Rice Fields

Rice field is inseparable part of Balinese religious life, it is deeply venerated by Balinese in a special temple known as Ulun Swi / Suwi temple. Based on sacred Kurakanda Dewapurana manuscript, the word “Ulun …

Another new arrival at the Elephant Safari Park, Taro-Bali
Thursday, 9 Apr, 2009 – 13:22 | No Comment
Another new arrival at the Elephant Safari Park, Taro-Bali

For the second time in 2 weeks another new baby elephant was successfully born at the Elephant Safari Park in Taro, Bali. He has been named Ganteng, which in Bali and Indonesian means …

The Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony
Friday, 3 Apr, 2009 – 10:01 | 2 Comments
The Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony

Thursday (4/9/09) which concurs with the full moon of the tenth month (Kadasa) of Balinese Caka calendar, the Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony (gods descend all together) will be held in Besakih, the mother temple …

NYEPI DAY Contingency Plan
Wednesday, 25 Mar, 2009 – 12:09 | No Comment
NYEPI DAY Contingency Plan

Nyepi Day is a public holiday observed in Bali. On this day all residents and visitors to Bali must stay in doors and observe a period of silence which lasts 24 hours. …

Find Bliss in Bali
Thursday, 5 Feb, 2009 – 11:27 | 3 Comments
Find Bliss in Bali

A holiday on Bali will take your breath away and stimulate all your senses — even some you didn’t know about. Invigorating and calming at the same time you will not want to …

The Origin of Kamasan Painting Style
Thursday, 29 Jan, 2009 – 17:28 | One Comment
The Origin of Kamasan Painting Style

Kamasan painting style, which is known as the pioneer of Balinese painting is a classic painting style that based on shadow puppet characters that its roots can be traced back to Majapahit Empire in Java. …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese and Their Temple
Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2009 – 20:13 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese and Their Temple

Here is an interesting excerpt on the relation between Balinese and their temples and how these temples bind Balinese together. These excerpt were taken from Clifford Geertz’s writing entitled “Form and Variation in Balinese Village …

Sanghyang Jaran
Sunday, 18 Jan, 2009 – 7:24 | One Comment
Sanghyang Jaran

Sanghyang Jaran, the Pemangku (temple priest) or a group of chosen men becomes himself the Sanghyang, possessed by ancestral deity, a Gandarwa (celestial soldier) on horseback. The dance is performed in the inner court yard …

Upcoming Grand Ceremony at Besakih Temple
Tuesday, 23 Dec, 2008 – 17:40 | No Comment
Upcoming Grand Ceremony at Besakih Temple

On 9th of April 2009, a great ceremony will be held in Besakih temple, the mother temple of Bali. This ceremony is classified as Bhuta Yadnya (a ceremony to purify the universe and the negative …

Even Death Has To Be Postponed
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 17:22 | No Comment
Even Death Has To Be Postponed

Religious ceremony is not just considered a mere ritual by Balinese but the backbone of Balinese Hinduism itself. In order to hold a religious ceremony everything have to be prepared with utmost care and attention. …

The Beautiful Gitgit Waterfall
Thursday, 11 Dec, 2008 – 13:39 | One Comment
The Beautiful Gitgit Waterfall

If you are looking for the best waterfall in Bali, then your best choice is Gitgit waterfall in Buleleng regency. This 45-meter-high waterfall is indisputably the biggest waterfall in Bali and Gitgit waterfall not only …

Replacing The ‘Iron Shirt’
Tuesday, 9 Dec, 2008 – 8:09 | One Comment
Replacing The ‘Iron Shirt’

In the early 90s, Safari was popular among Balinese male. That is true that Safari can show man’s dignity since its fabric and style enable it. However, in the middle of ’90, its popularity decreased. …

Gunung Lebah Temple
Wednesday, 3 Dec, 2008 – 13:19 | No Comment
Gunung Lebah Temple

The Campuhan (confluence of two rivers) of Ubud offers not just picturesque natural panorama but also a beautiful sacred temple. This temple is known as Pura Gunung Lebah (Low Mountain Temple), located across the street …

Jatiluwih, A Gift from the Gods
Saturday, 29 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | 3 Comments
Jatiluwih, A Gift from the Gods

The gentle morning breeze tousles the hair of the village farmer as he is absorbed in his work amidst the brilliant greenery of the surrounding rice fields. This is a typical daily scene in the …

Tenganan’s Neighboring Villages
Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2008 – 18:43 | One Comment
Tenganan’s Neighboring Villages

The village of Tenganan in Karangsem regency is indisputably the village with most preserved culture and nature in Bali. It’s popularity as been spread all over the globe but only visitors know the beauty of …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Mediumship Sessions in Bali
Wednesday, 19 Nov, 2008 – 17:15 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Mediumship Sessions in Bali

Here is an interesting excerpt on mediumship sessions in Bali which is taken from a writing entitled “Mediumship and Magic in Bali” by Hoyt L. Edge.
During a research expedition in October-November, 1990, I witnessed (and …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: The Balinese Magico-religious World View
Wednesday, 12 Nov, 2008 – 17:11 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: The Balinese Magico-religious World View

Here is an interesting excerpt on magico-religious view of the Balinese, which is taken from a writing entitled “Mediumship and Magic in Bali” by Hoyt L. Edge.
Mediums are not considered to be fortunetellers, per se, …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Gender Identity in Bali
Friday, 24 Oct, 2008 – 14:29 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Gender Identity in Bali

Here is an excerpt taken from paper written by Helen Creese, entitled “Reading the Bali Post: Women and Representation in Post-Suharto Bali”. This excerpt discuss about Gender Identity in Bali.

The ongoing task of reshaping contemporary …

Mepantigan: Balinese Traditional Martial Art
Wednesday, 22 Oct, 2008 – 14:21 | 2 Comments
Mepantigan: Balinese Traditional Martial Art

Two men, standing on the white sand of Kuta beach, facing each other, tried to find an opening in each other stance and movements while keeping smiles on their faces. Then suddenly they charged each …

Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem
Sunday, 19 Oct, 2008 – 7:14 | No Comment
Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem

Balinese are familiar with a famous name of Ida Bagus Mantra; a man who had done so many things in order to preserve Balinese art and culture during 1978-1988. Yet Mantra is not the only …

Balinese People Struggle Monument (Bajra Sandi)
Sunday, 28 Sep, 2008 – 16:15 | No Comment
Balinese People Struggle Monument (Bajra Sandi)

A hidden wonderful place has been found, in the heart of Denpasar; it stands firmly on the center of a very wide green yard. No one will expect amazing spectacles inside of this monument. Balinese …

Kerta Kawat Temple
Thursday, 11 Sep, 2008 – 14:09 | No Comment
Kerta Kawat Temple

Among thousands of temples in Bali, there are few functional temples which each has a special relationship with particular a profession such as Kerta Kawat temple that is located in Banyupoh village, Gerogak district, Buleleng …

Nusa Penida : The Golden Egg of Bali
Tuesday, 22 Jul, 2008 – 16:55 | One Comment
Nusa Penida : The Golden Egg of Bali

Not many people know that Bali has a part (district) at south-east side consisting three islands. The biggest one is named Nusa Penida. The smaller island is called Nusa Lembongan and the smallest one is …

History and New Leader of Bali
Monday, 21 Jul, 2008 – 12:16 | One Comment
History and New Leader of Bali

The victory of duo, Mangku Pastika and Puspayoga in governor election of Bali, not just give the island of Bali new leaders but also, for the first time, Balinese who had been lived outside Bali …

Wrath of the Deity
Sunday, 13 Jul, 2008 – 11:17 | 3 Comments
Wrath of the Deity

Thousands of religious ceremonies that are held by Balinese each year for centuries give the island of Bali a unique characteristic; bring visitors to the island; drain the resources and savings of them who perform …

Warung Murni, Ubud
Monday, 7 Jul, 2008 – 16:45 | One Comment
Warung Murni, Ubud

Situated above the famous campuhan (the meeting of two rivers) of Ubud, Warung Murni which was opened in 1974, claimed to be Ubud’s first real restaurant and it remains first in the hearts …

Through the Eyes of Balinese High Priest:The Wedding in Hindu (Balinese) Religion
Saturday, 5 Jul, 2008 – 9:32 | One Comment
Through the Eyes of Balinese High Priest:The Wedding in Hindu (Balinese) Religion

Here is a good articles on wedding by Balinese high priest Sri Bhagawan Dwija Warsa Nawa Sandi from Buleleng regency, without further ado here is the words of Bhagawan Dwija
THE WEDDING IN HINDU (BALINESE) …

Dealing with Rat a la Balinese
Wednesday, 2 Jul, 2008 – 8:14 | 3 Comments
Dealing with Rat a la Balinese

Rat infestation has become worldwide problem that happen in all parts of the world and no wonder every civilization has their own way in dealing with rat. If Germans have their Pied Piper of Hamelin, …

Fate of Kulkul
Thursday, 26 Jun, 2008 – 20:15 | One Comment
Fate of Kulkul

Before we proceed to the fate of kulkul, in present days, it is better to shed some light on what the kulkul is. Kulkul is Balinese wooden slit gong. It is made of long, hollowed-out …

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 …

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 Farmers and The Goddess of the Lake
Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2008 – 14:45 | 2 Comments
The Farmers and The Goddess of the Lake

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Farmers of central and south Bali, which cultivate the lion share of the rice fields in the island of Bali only need to glance up to clouds which hanging around Mount Batur to be reminded …