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Behind Galungan Holyday
Wednesday, 14 Oct, 2009 – 0:00 | 4 Comments
Behind Galungan Holyday

On Wednesday, Balinese celebrated Galungan Holyday, a holyday to commemorate the victory of Dharma (virtue) over Adharma (evil). This holyday is considered the pinnacle of Balinese struggle to subdue the negative force of evil, and …

Instruction for the Trees: Tumpek Wariga
Saturday, 19 Sep, 2009 – 0:01 | No Comment
Instruction for the Trees: Tumpek Wariga

Today, 19/09/09, Balinese celebrate the birthday of the trees. This holiday is called Tumpek Wariga or Tumpek Pengarah. There are a lot some articles in this blog which describe how Balinese express their gratitude to …

The Origin of Kasodo Ceremony
Thursday, 17 Sep, 2009 – 16:36 | No Comment
The Origin of Kasodo Ceremony

The legend has it, at the end of 15th century; the Kingdom of Majapahit was in its final hours due to rapid expanding of Islam, there was chaos everywhere. The Princess Roro Anteng and her …

Balinese Dances Today Part 2
Thursday, 27 Aug, 2009 – 5:00 | 3 Comments
Balinese Dances Today Part 2

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OFFERING DANCES: Pendet, Penyembrama, Gabor, Puspanjali, Sekar Jagat All of these are dances of welcome, originating in an offering to the gods,welcoming them as they descend into the shrines prepared for them by the …

A Gratitude to the Tools: Tumpek Landep
Saturday, 15 Aug, 2009 – 0:00 | 2 Comments
A Gratitude to the Tools: Tumpek Landep

If you happen to be in Bali today, you will have a chance to see cars, motorcycles and bicycles all over the island are adorned with beautiful coconut-leaf decorations. Today, Balinese celebrate Tumpek Landep holiday; …

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 …

Tumpek Kandang : Balinese Animal Day
Saturday, 6 Jun, 2009 – 13:00 | 2 Comments
Tumpek Kandang : Balinese Animal Day

Today, Saturday, o6/06/2009, Balinese celebrate the “Tumpek Kandang” holiday. This holiday is dedicated to Sang Hyang Rare Angon, the god of all cattle and livestock. On this day Balinese show their appreciation and thankfulness …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Traditional Balinese Religion
Thursday, 4 Jun, 2009 – 16:52 | One Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Traditional Balinese Religion

Here is an interesting excerpt on traditional Balinese religion from Clifford Geertz’s article entitled “”Internal Conversion” in Contemporary Bali”.
As the Balinese are, in a broad sense, Hindus, one might expect that a significant part, at …

Puri Taman Sari
Saturday, 16 May, 2009 – 9:18 | No Comment
Puri Taman Sari

Puri Taman Sari offers you an unforgettable wonderful experience of living inside a traditional royal Balinese house compound with authentic Balinese architecture and nuance. Puri Taman Sari is designed and built based on Balinese ancient …

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 …

Jemeluk and Its Salt
Sunday, 3 May, 2009 – 11:01 | No Comment
Jemeluk and Its Salt

The village of Jemeluk near Amed in Karangasem regency now begins to explore and develop their resources in order to compete the neighboring villages such as Amed that have already enjoyed the limelight of tourism …

Saranam Eco Resort
Friday, 1 May, 2009 – 6:42 | No Comment
Saranam Eco Resort

Saranam Eco Resort is located in Baturiti village near Bedugul resort area at the regency of Tabanan at the central part of Bali. Saranam Eco Resort is about 60 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International …

Eclipse and Its Meaning
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 16:50 | No Comment
Eclipse and Its Meaning

Eclipse has long been believed as an omen by many civilization in the world, and Balinese believe that eclipse gives hints on the situation of the world in near future. The predicted conditions is based …

Kakatua Bar and Restaurant at Lovina
Monday, 20 Apr, 2009 – 16:33 | No Comment
Kakatua Bar and Restaurant at Lovina

When you walk down the Binaria street “eating street” of Lovina where you can find rows of restaurants and bars, you can hardly miss the glimpse of Kakatua Bar and Restaurant. Finding an empty table …

No Stage Needed: Art Performances at Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony
Friday, 10 Apr, 2009 – 16:03 | One Comment
No Stage Needed: Art Performances at Bhatara Turun Kabeh Ceremony

The Grand Bhatara Turun Kabeh ceremony at Besakih temple is highlighted with many sacred art performances, and many of them are masked dance-drama performances such as Topeng Pajegan, Topeng Sidakarya, or Topeng Panca. These dance–drama …

The Peak of Grand Panca Bali Krama Ceremony
Saturday, 28 Mar, 2009 – 20:31 | One Comment
The Peak of Grand Panca Bali Krama Ceremony

On Wednesday (25/3/09) the peak of grand Panca Bali Krama ceremony was conducted on Bencingah (meeting sqaure) of Besakih Temple. The ceremony was conducted on the enclosed holy venue in the middle of the bancingah …

Selamat Hari Raya Nyepi….happy New Year in Bali
Thursday, 26 Mar, 2009 – 0:00 | 4 Comments
Selamat Hari Raya Nyepi….happy New Year in Bali

March 26, 2009
Selamat Hari Raya Nyepi….happy New Year in Bali. What a wonderful way to bring in a new year. The new year in Bali is celebrated with 24 hours of total silence. …

Penjor
Tuesday, 17 Mar, 2009 – 0:52 | No Comment
Penjor

What will you see when you visit Bali during Galungan and Kuningan period? I believe your answer will be Penjor (eight-meter-high bamboo poles festooned with bamboo decorations which are put over roadways or pathways during …

Go Green with Tumpek Wariga
Saturday, 21 Feb, 2009 – 0:18 | 4 Comments
Go Green with Tumpek Wariga

On Saturday, February 21 2009 Balinese celebrated a holiday that is called Tumpek Wariga or Tumpek Pengatag. Tumpek Wariga is the day when a blessing ceremony is given to the plants, the ceremony held …

Through the Eyes of Researcher : The Religious Role of Dalang (Puppeteer)
Tuesday, 3 Feb, 2009 – 16:13 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher : The Religious Role of Dalang (Puppeteer)

Here is an interesting article on the religious role of puppeteer in Bali. this article is an excerpt taken from Umeda Hideharu’s writing entitled “Between and Adat Agama: The Future of the Religious Role of …

Choosing a Land for House Compound
Tuesday, 27 Jan, 2009 – 18:32 | One Comment
Choosing a Land for House Compound

The position of a house compound and its surrounding environments are important aspect to be considered when a Balinese want to buy a land for a house compound or determining the position or the layout …

Pre-Wedding Shot at Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
Monday, 19 Jan, 2009 – 16:44 | No Comment
Pre-Wedding Shot at Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

As a wedding destination, Bali has been blessed with beautiful verdant nature and rich culture, two main factors that draw many couples to seal their love in Bali. Fortunately there is a place in Bali …

Tooth Filing
Friday, 16 Jan, 2009 – 10:24 | One Comment
Tooth Filing

THE NAME OF THE CEREMONY IS DESCRIPTIVE, but hardly explanatory. This is, perhaps, why the wife of a visiting foreign dignitary, when told of this practice, exclaimed: “Oh, do they still do that here?”
Yes, they …

Adulthood in Balinese Point of View
Monday, 29 Dec, 2008 – 19:37 | No Comment
Adulthood in Balinese Point of View

Adulthood, a concept that constantly appears in every community across the globe, each culture has its own parameters to determine whether its member has reached adulthood or not. And Balinese also has its own way …

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. …

Annual Outbreak of Pestilence
Friday, 28 Nov, 2008 – 17:24 | No Comment
Annual Outbreak of Pestilence

The sixth month (kaenem) of Balinese Caka Calendar starts today (11/28/08). For Balinese especially the older generation this moth is associated with plague or pestilence, which is called “grubug” by Balinese. When this month comes, …

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 …

Çudamani Music & Dance Summer Institute, Bali 2009
Tuesday, 18 Nov, 2008 – 10:28 | One Comment
Çudamani Music & Dance Summer Institute, Bali 2009

Study Balinese Music and Dance with

Sound in Balinese Religious Rituals
Thursday, 13 Nov, 2008 – 17:43 | No Comment
Sound in Balinese Religious Rituals

For Balinese, sound is an inseparable part of life, especially in religious aspect of life. Sound plays important part in Balinese religious rituals, no ritual is considered complete without the presence of five kind of …

How to Find Free Traditional Dance and Drama Performance
Thursday, 30 Oct, 2008 – 11:08 | 2 Comments
How to Find Free Traditional Dance and Drama Performance

There are lot of dances and drama performances that you can enjoy in Bali, if you just know where and when they are staged. The best way to find a free traditional dance or drama …

Unclean Spiritually = A Prohibition to Pray?
Tuesday, 28 Oct, 2008 – 17:17 | No Comment
Unclean Spiritually = A Prohibition to Pray?

“Cuntaka” is a terminology that creates a wide variety of responds among the Balinese. Cuntaka is the time when Balinese are considered unclean spiritually so they are not allowed to go to Pura (Hindu’s temple) …

New Balinese Temple in Belgium
Saturday, 25 Oct, 2008 – 11:30 | 6 Comments
New Balinese Temple in Belgium

A good news for Balinese came from Belgium; a new Balinese Hindu temple is established in Paradisio Parc, Belgium. This new temple was established in a 55-ha bird park by Eric Domb, a Belgian who …

Marriage Problems in Bali
Wednesday, 15 Oct, 2008 – 14:53 | One Comment
Marriage Problems in Bali

For Balinese, a marriage in Bali is not just a union of two individual but also a passing of the baton religious and social responsibilities from father to son. Son inherits everything, wealth, debt, religious …

Tonight is a Special Night
Tuesday, 14 Oct, 2008 – 15:10 | One Comment
Tonight is a Special Night

Tonight is a special moment for the visitors, who come to Bali to enjoy or to study the culture of paradise island of Bali, since many temple ceremonies all over the paradise island of Bali …

The Sacred and Rare Baris Cina Dance at Petitenget Temple
Friday, 10 Oct, 2008 – 11:25 | One Comment
The Sacred and Rare Baris Cina Dance at Petitenget Temple

The unique and rare sacred dance, Baris Cina was performed at the anniversary of Petitenget Temple, Wednesday, October 8, 2008 in Kerobokan. It was quite a surprise for me since I thought that Baris Cina …

Tumpek Krulut
Saturday, 4 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | 2 Comments
Tumpek Krulut

Today, Balinese celebrate a holyday for musical instrument. Musical instruments are sacred items for the Balinese, and a special day, known as Tumpek Krulut is dedicated for all musical instruments, mask, and other tool for …

Kuningan Celebration and New Balinese Temple in Hamburg
Tuesday, 2 Sep, 2008 – 15:04 | One Comment
Kuningan Celebration and New Balinese Temple in Hamburg

On August 30th 2008, Balinese celebrated Kuningan holiday, a holiday to pay homage to ancestral spirits as they return to heaven after dwelling on earth for an extended period. However, on that day Kuningan holiday …

10 of the World’s Best Honeymoon Spots
Wednesday, 23 Jul, 2008 – 19:33 | 4 Comments
10 of the World’s Best Honeymoon Spots

Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding, but every couple looks forward to the days after the ceremony when they embark on their first vacation as a married couple – the honeymoon. The stress of …