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Makepung – Balinese Buffalo Racing
Monday, 21 Aug, 2006 – 14:28 | One Comment
Makepung – Balinese Buffalo Racing

Jembrana Regency, located on the far western coast of the island, is Bali’s most sparsely populated district and rarely visited by mainstream international travellers’. There is an expanding Islamic community here due to the close …

Nature and Culture in Harmonious Balance
Saturday, 19 Aug, 2006 – 12:26 | One Comment
Nature and Culture in Harmonious Balance

To truly appreciate the environmental wonders of the island, one needs to …

Orchids
Wednesday, 16 Aug, 2006 – 11:24 | One Comment
Orchids

Orchids…they are so beautiful. All pictures are taken at Candi Kuning Market and there are also available fruits, vegetable, spices on sale.
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Indonesian Independence Day
Monday, 14 Aug, 2006 – 11:39 | One Comment
Indonesian Independence Day

Every year on the 17th August, Indonesian’s across the archipelago celebrate their national day of independence. This year will officially mark Indonesia’s 61st year of freedom. In Bali the celebration are cheerful and radiate a …

Goa Gajah – Bali’s Sacred Elephant Cave
Thursday, 10 Aug, 2006 – 11:25 | One Comment
Goa Gajah – Bali’s Sacred Elephant Cave

Goa Gajah or the elephant cave is one of Bali’s most historically significant sites of mysterious origin that dates back to the 11th century. The entire site is thought to have been partially destroyed by …

The Balinese Warung
Thursday, 3 Aug, 2006 – 11:34 | 3 Comments
The Balinese Warung

A warung is an Indonesian term for a small roadside stall that sells snacks, drinks and convenient household items. However, in Bali a warung is also the local coffee house, corner store and community meeting …

Meals on Wheels – The Food Carts of Bali
Wednesday, 2 Aug, 2006 – 17:48 | One Comment
Meals on Wheels – The Food Carts of Bali

Most Indonesians eat a substantial meal of rice, meat and vegetables three times a day, but they are also in the habit of constantly snacking in between. One of the delightful conveniences of living in …

Museum Bali, the Historical Period
Friday, 28 Jul, 2006 – 14:06 | No Comment
Museum Bali, the Historical Period

The historical period of Bali is divided into three sub-periods which includes :
a. The Ancient Period ( 800 – 1343 AD)
The collections from this period that are displayed: stupika, the miniature of a stupa (Buddhist …

Museum Bali, the Pre-historical Period
Thursday, 27 Jul, 2006 – 11:24 | No Comment
Museum Bali, the Pre-historical Period

The ground floor of Denpasar Building displays various pre-historical and historical collections of Bali consisting of relics and artifacts. Those collections are displayed in accordance with their periodization as follows:
1. The Pre-historical Period
This period is …

Museum Bali, Guide to the Collection Exhibition
Thursday, 20 Jul, 2006 – 15:47 | 2 Comments
Museum Bali, Guide to the Collection Exhibition

Most of Museum Bali’s collections are ethnographical objects of Bali consisting of equipments and tools of religious ceremonies, sacred dances, parts of a sacred building such as temple, etc, similar to those which are still …

Jukung Traditional Balinese Fishing Boats
Thursday, 13 Jul, 2006 – 14:34 | 3 Comments
Jukung Traditional Balinese Fishing Boats

The colourful traditional fishing boats that line the coastal shores of Jimbaran and Sanur are known as jukung. These graceful vessels use only one main cloth sail and in favourable winds can skim them ocean’s …

Uluwatu Temple
Thursday, 6 Jul, 2006 – 15:43 | One Comment
Uluwatu Temple

The spectacular cliff-top temple of Uluwatu is considered one of Bali’s most important places of worship for followers of the Hindu religion. Located on the island’ most southern coastal tip, the temple of Uluwatu offers …

Pura Pengukar Ukaran and Goa Garba
Saturday, 1 Jul, 2006 – 10:24 | No Comment
Pura Pengukar Ukaran and Goa Garba

This walk to the Pakrisan River Valley, near the village of Sawangunung, is a total immersion into rural Bali in an area untrafficked by tourists. Start your walk by turning east at the intersection by …

Pura Meduwe Karang – Kubutambahan
Friday, 30 Jun, 2006 – 11:20 | 2 Comments
Pura Meduwe Karang – Kubutambahan

Reach this important crossroads town by bemo 12 km from Singaraja’s Penarukan station. Find Kubutambahan where the north coast road intersects the road to the main high way south; from here it is 41 km …

Museum Bali, Introduction
Wednesday, 28 Jun, 2006 – 9:56 | 4 Comments
Museum Bali, Introduction

Museum Bali is one of the Technical Executing Units of the Bali Cultural Office of which functions are to collect, research, conserve, and exhibit the cultural objects for the purposes of education, study and recreation.
It …

Tenganan Pegeringsingan
Tuesday, 27 Jun, 2006 – 17:19 | No Comment
Tenganan Pegeringsingan

This is an original pre-Hindu Balinese settlement, long a stronghold of native traditions, about halfway between Padangbai and Amlapura (67 km northeast of Denpasar). At the end of an asphalt country road up a narrow …

The Ancient Survival: The Bali Aga
Wednesday, 14 Jun, 2006 – 12:36 | One Comment
The Ancient Survival: The Bali Aga

At one time the island was populated by pure Indonesians, an ancient people who filed and blackened their teeth. They lived in small communities, family clans ruled by a council of elders who acted as …

Balinese Sweet Treats
Monday, 12 Jun, 2006 – 15:32 | One Comment
Balinese Sweet Treats

The Balinese are extremely partial to sweet treats and most households invariably have a selection of cakes for the family to snack on throughout the day. Apart from fruit, these colourful cakes are also an …

Mekare kare, Tenganan Village
Sunday, 11 Jun, 2006 – 10:24 | 2 Comments
Mekare kare, Tenganan Village

Symbolic Mekare kare (duel between two young men, who is respective armed with two pieces of thorny pandanous leaves on the right hand and an armour made of plaited rattan on the left), held at …

Sembiran
Friday, 9 Jun, 2006 – 12:59 | No Comment
Sembiran

One of Bali’s oldest traditional villages, Sembiran lies 30 km east of Singaraja. Like many of Bali Aga villages, Sembiran is located high in the hills off the main coastal road. From Terminal Penarukan take …

Barong Landung
Thursday, 8 Jun, 2006 – 11:57 | No Comment
Barong Landung

Large, tall puppets representing humanlike creatures, supported by a man who carries the puppet’s clothing and mask on a wooden frame over his head. This dance play is staged in an annual festival on Serangan …

Various use of Pis Bolong or Kepeng
Wednesday, 7 Jun, 2006 – 14:33 | No Comment
Various use of Pis Bolong or Kepeng

The panca datu, an important offering of iron, silver, copper, and gold, which is used to bless the foundation of an important building. Thus, even today, Pis bolong are associated with wealth. A single Pis …

Balinese Ceremonial Umbrellas – Tedung
Tuesday, 6 Jun, 2006 – 16:18 | One Comment
Balinese Ceremonial Umbrellas – Tedung

For auspicious occasions and holy Hindu ceremonies, the Balinese decorate their temple compounds with colourful umbrellas. In the Balinese dialect these umbrellas are known as ‘tedung’, which literally means ‘to guard’. The umbrellas are used …

Dokar
Saturday, 3 Jun, 2006 – 12:35 | No Comment
Dokar

A light, two-wheeled pony cart, usually with two seats for four to six passengers, popular as transport to and from market in Denpasar and as tourist transportation in Kuta/Legian.
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Banyan
Saturday, 3 Jun, 2006 – 12:11 | No Comment
Banyan

A fig or waringan tree whit writhing arteries which spread out 10-15 meters. Also buddha’s bo tree under which he received enlightenment. Its sturdy trunk, umbrella-shaped crown and cool shade symbolize physical protection and divine …

Lamak
Friday, 2 Jun, 2006 – 10:26 | No Comment
Lamak

A small temporary shrine of bamboo called a sanggah cucuk is always found beneath a panjor. Small offerings to the deities are placed here for as long as the penjor is in use. This shrine …

Jerimpen
Friday, 2 Jun, 2006 – 10:18 | No Comment
Jerimpen

Tall Jerimpen offerings, set in plaited baskets, are constructed around cylindrical bamboo frame and crowned by a large leaf sampian. Seen Jerimpen on procession of Pura Ulun Danu Batur ‘s temple festival.
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Kulkul
Thursday, 1 Jun, 2006 – 16:45 | One Comment
Kulkul

A signal drum or bell that made from a hollow log with a slit down one side and is used as a summons to temple or Banjar event.
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Barong
Thursday, 1 Jun, 2006 – 16:25 | No Comment
Barong

A mask and costume representing a mythical, supernatural creature; the most common barong has a costume that looks like a Chinese lion (barong ket) and is animated by two men, one manipulating the mask, the …

Rangda
Thursday, 1 Jun, 2006 – 15:45 | No Comment
Rangda

Literally “widow”; Rangda is one of the two central figures in the barong play, representing the negative side of man; Rangda is also related to Durga, wife of Siwa, who represents his destructive side.
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Pis Bolong or Kepeng
Thursday, 1 Jun, 2006 – 15:10 | No Comment
Pis Bolong or Kepeng

Small lead or bronze Chinese coins with a hole in the center used in offerings and as decoration in rituals. In the 19th and early 20th centuries the kepeng was the most wide-spread form of …

Pangerebongan
Wednesday, 31 May, 2006 – 16:03 | One Comment
Pangerebongan

Pangerebongan is a ritual that is full of mystery and carries a spiritual power that is sometimes beyond the rational thought patterns of ordinary people. The ceremony of Pangerebongan is held every 210 days in …

Pura Pancering Jagat
Monday, 29 May, 2006 – 11:34 | No Comment
Pura Pancering Jagat

The main temple of Trunyan, Pura Pancering Jagat, is known locally as the ‘temple of the navel of the world’ and stands by an ancient banyan tree that is said to be over 1000 years …

Kain Poleng
Friday, 26 May, 2006 – 11:57 | No Comment
Kain Poleng

Kain poleng refers to the black and white checkered cloth that is prominent throughout the island of Bali. In a symbolic context, this black and white fabric is a representation of good and evil in …

Pura Petilan Kesiman
Thursday, 25 May, 2006 – 16:48 | One Comment
Pura Petilan Kesiman

Odalan (temple ceremony) on May 21, 2006
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Pura Petilan Pangrebongan, Kesiman village, east of Denpasar, know for Ngerebong special event, when a group of the temple-adherents being in trance, stab them self with Keris, …

New Road Link Trunyan to Outsiders
Wednesday, 24 May, 2006 – 10:54 | No Comment
New Road Link Trunyan to Outsiders

These pictures were taken from about 1200 meters uphill and described the whole Trunyan village – very isolated as located in the foot of Mount Abang, the only access to other villages to use boat …

Reefs Conservation at Pemuteran
Saturday, 20 May, 2006 – 12:42 | One Comment
Reefs Conservation at Pemuteran

Reefs worldwide are being destroyed by global warming, pollution, over fishing, bombing, and cyanide fishing. These events are killing our oceans. Bali is confronted with the same problems and often has less resources to combat …

Coconut Palms – A Balinese Life Source
Wednesday, 17 May, 2006 – 16:38 | No Comment
Coconut Palms – A Balinese Life Source

To the western eye the mature coconut palm is the epitome of the tropics, but to the Balinese it merely represents a source of life. Every component of the palm – from its leaves, trunk …

Banjar
Tuesday, 16 May, 2006 – 16:42 | No Comment
Banjar

The entire island of Bali is sub-divided into unique village organizations of approximately 100 households each that are united under a common banner known as the banjar. Functioning as a community of close family members …

Tanah Lot Sea Temple
Monday, 15 May, 2006 – 11:47 | 2 Comments
Tanah Lot Sea Temple

One of Bali’s most recognized tourist destinations is Tanah Lot temple. Standing firmly on a rocky foundation just off the beachfront on the Tabanan coastline, Tanah Lot is captured vividly on postcards and travel brochures. …