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A Balinese Birthday
Friday, 25 Apr, 2008 – 18:03 | No Comment
A Balinese Birthday

Contrary to most of people in the world who are so interested with their birthday party that they are fond of creating something to make their birthday to be a luxurious moment, Balinese prefer to …

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 …

On Wealth
Saturday, 19 Apr, 2008 – 14:24 | No Comment
On Wealth

Dozens of fancy cars, a grand mansion or two with millions of dollar in your bank account just dust in your mouth when you do not have any cattle, in Botswana how wealthy you are …

Pecalang and the Silence Day
Friday, 4 Apr, 2008 – 17:52 | One Comment
Pecalang and the Silence Day

Pecalang (traditional Balinese security force) is responsible for securing the traditional ceremony or events which are held in Bali. From directing the traffic on the road near the venue of a religious ceremony in order …

The Royal Cremation Ceremony of Dr. Anak Agung Made Djelantik
Thursday, 3 Apr, 2008 – 14:36 | One Comment
The Royal Cremation Ceremony of Dr. Anak Agung Made Djelantik

On Friday, April 11th 2008, the royal cremation ceremony of the late Dr. Anak Agung Made Djelantik will be held at the royal palace of Karangasem, rescheduled from the initial plan in which the cremation …

A Glimpse of Barong
Monday, 31 Mar, 2008 – 12:39 | No Comment
A Glimpse of Barong

Barong is a portrayal of a mythical monster that is animated by two men, one manipulating the mask, the other the hind end. Barong has a long, sagging body built on a framework of bamboo …

Cremation Tower
Friday, 28 Mar, 2008 – 17:17 | One Comment
Cremation Tower

Ngaben or cremation ceremony is arguably the most documented Balinese ceremony among hundreds of Balinse religious ceremonies. And of course the prima ballerina of Balinese cremation is the cremation tower or well known as Bade …

Balinese Student Outside Bali Part 2
Thursday, 27 Mar, 2008 – 16:42 | No Comment
Balinese Student Outside Bali Part 2

IPDN’s (Educational institution which is equivalent to University, aimed to turn out aspiring internal governments) students come from all of provinces in Indonesia including Bali. Balinese students who are studying in IPDN always do their …

Makemit: Spending the Night in the Temple
Friday, 21 Mar, 2008 – 14:40 | No Comment
Makemit: Spending the Night in the Temple

Today, 3/21/08, the grand annual ceremony Bhatara Turun Kabeh (gods descent all together) is be held in the biggest temple in Bali, Besakih. Hundreds of thousands pilgrims pay homage to this temple during the …

Balinese Student Outside Bali
Wednesday, 19 Mar, 2008 – 17:10 | 2 Comments
Balinese Student Outside Bali

Many Balinese students after they graduate from Senior High school go outside Bali to continue their study instead of studying in Bali. As a result from Bali has only one state university and it has …

Flower in Balinese Life
Wednesday, 12 Mar, 2008 – 17:07 | 5 Comments
Flower in Balinese Life

Flowers are important things for Balinese, since in every single day, Balinese need flowers for praying and also as offering to God. However not many Balinese know what kind of flowers is appropriate for praying …

No Post for Today and Tomorrow
Thursday, 6 Mar, 2008 – 14:26 | No Comment
No Post for Today and Tomorrow

In accordance with Nyepi (Silence Day / Balinese New Year), there will be no post for today and tomorrow.
We are out for Pangrupukan (Silence Day / New Year Eve) and Nyepi.
These what we do today:

Other Silence Days Part 1
Wednesday, 5 Mar, 2008 – 17:18 | 2 Comments
Other Silence Days Part 1

Silence day, a holy to celebrate the Balinese New Year will be held on Friday, 3/7/08, on this day silent will reign supreme all over the island. In most areas in Bali, silence day is …

The End of the Festivity
Wednesday, 27 Feb, 2008 – 14:47 | No Comment
The End of the Festivity

Today, 27/02/08 Balinese celebrated the end of Galungan period, the end of a period that full of holidays and festivity, which is well known as Pegatwakan (“pegatwakan” is derived from the word “pegat” means “cut …

Behind Pagerebongan Ceremony
Saturday, 23 Feb, 2008 – 13:48 | 2 Comments
Behind Pagerebongan Ceremony

Pangerebongan is a traditional ceremony that aims to protect people especially for them who live around of Kesiman village from disease, disasters, and others bad things. Most people of Kesiman pu much faith in the …

The Significances of Pangerebongan (Mass Trance) Ritual
Friday, 22 Feb, 2008 – 16:32 | One Comment
The Significances of Pangerebongan (Mass Trance) Ritual

The capital city in every region in the world is usually populated by people from many different areas and ethnics. In addition the capital city is usually more developed socially, economically, than others cities. It …

Pengerebongan: The Mass Trance Ritual
Thursday, 14 Feb, 2008 – 18:43 | 3 Comments
Pengerebongan: The Mass Trance Ritual

On 2/10/08, the biggest mass ritual trance ritual which is known as Pengerebongan was held in Petilan temple, in Kesiman village Denpasar. Here are some snapshots from the most famous trance dance in the …

A Unique Imlek Celebration
Saturday, 9 Feb, 2008 – 14:59 | No Comment
A Unique Imlek Celebration

On February 7, 2008, Chinese Lunar New Year celebrating is being held in Griya Kongco Dwipayana. Here are some photos of Imlek celebration in Grya Kongco Dwipayana, a join temple of Tao, Buddha, and Hindu …

Penjor on Galungan Day
Tuesday, 22 Jan, 2008 – 0:15 | One Comment
Penjor on Galungan Day

Galungan, a Christmas for Balinese will soon come. And if you happen to visit Bali on Galungan day you will be hailed by thousands of Penjor along the roadside all over of Bali.
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What is …

Through the Eyes of Researcher:Buying Offerings
Wednesday, 16 Jan, 2008 – 20:24 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher:Buying Offerings

Here is an interesting piece of writing on the growing trend of buying offerings for religious ceremony which is taken from Scott A Johnsen’s thesis which is entitled From Royal House to Nation: The …

Offering: Expression of Devotion to God or Requirement of a Ceremony
Wednesday, 9 Jan, 2008 – 15:16 | One Comment
Offering: Expression of Devotion to God or Requirement of a Ceremony

Offerings are the most visible way of Balinese in expressing their devotion to God. They make various offering for various ceremony range from the simple daily offering to the gigantic Sarad that is used in …

Balinese Temple and Identity
Wednesday, 2 Jan, 2008 – 15:03 | No Comment
Balinese Temple and Identity

Paying homage and praying to a temple is not just an act of devotion to God for Balinese, it is more than just a religious activity. In socio-political context praying in a temple for a …

The Rare Ketungan Musical Instrument
Tuesday, 27 Nov, 2007 – 16:06 | No Comment
The Rare Ketungan Musical Instrument

When a grand ceremony such as Ngenteg Lingih (held once every 30 years) or deification of ancestor soul (nyekah) is held both Balinese and visitors will have a chance to see the rare Ketungan and …

Chasing The Pestilence Away
Friday, 23 Nov, 2007 – 17:22 | No Comment
Chasing The Pestilence Away

On Monday night (11/19/07), my village summon the village protecting deities, a Barong which is named Ratu Ngurah Sakti and a Rangda which is revered as Ratu Istri to protect the village and all its …

Giant Flute of Bali
Monday, 19 Nov, 2007 – 15:58 | No Comment
Giant Flute of Bali

A big religious ceremony in Bali is always marked by the presence of a sunari, a tall bamboo flute made of a long bamboo pole. Two varieties of bamboo tiying (bamboo) tamblang and tiying gading …

The Month of Pestilence
Friday, 16 Nov, 2007 – 17:30 | No Comment
The Month of Pestilence

The month of pestilence or the sixth month of Caka lunar calendar, popularly known as kaenem, is approaching; Kaenem usually starts late in November or early in December and last for 30 days. Balinese believe …

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 …

Birthday Celebration for Puppets
Saturday, 20 Oct, 2007 – 11:53 | One Comment
Birthday Celebration for Puppets

Today, 10/20/07, Balinese-Hindu followers celebrate the birthday of the puppet, the sacred Tumpek Wayang day. The Tumpek Wayang takes its name from the name of week of its occasion. It is in the 27th week …

Bound by Obligation: To the gods
Wednesday, 17 Oct, 2007 – 12:35 | One Comment
Bound by Obligation: To the gods

“Obligation” is a notion that keeps Bali as it is, all socio-cultural activities of the Balinese are based on this notion. Temple ceremonies are held based on the obligations to the gods and ancestors. Big …

Through The Eyes of Researcher: Rituals as Religion, Rituals as Custom
Monday, 15 Oct, 2007 – 19:40 | No Comment
Through The Eyes of Researcher: Rituals as Religion, Rituals as Custom

Here is another interesting insight on Balinese religion from Scott Johnsen, the writing is taken from his thesis which is entitled “From Royal House to Nation”.
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Using photographs I had taken, a village official explained the …

Pemangku: Temple Priest
Friday, 5 Oct, 2007 – 17:25 | No Comment
Pemangku: Temple Priest

Thousands of temples that scattered all over the island of Bali can be compared to thousands of living organisms. They need to be taken care of and this arduous task is the responsibility of …

Buried in the Fire
Friday, 21 Sep, 2007 – 14:47 | No Comment
Buried in the Fire

Ngaben is always translated into “cremation ceremony” in English, but unfortunately not all cremation ceremonies in Bali can be categorized as ngaben. There are two types of cremation ceremonies in Bali, Ngaben and Mekingsan ring …

Office Temple and Business Shrine
Tuesday, 18 Sep, 2007 – 17:23 | No Comment
Office Temple and Business Shrine

The rapid development of industry and economic activities in Bali not just bring a new dynamic to Balinese daily life but also contribute a new nuance to Balinese religion. The establishment of offices, governmental offices, …

Through The Eyes of Researcher: Monotheism in Balinese Point of View
Monday, 17 Sep, 2007 – 14:48 | No Comment
Through The Eyes of Researcher: Monotheism in Balinese Point of View

Yesterday I found an interesting writing on Balinese culture, religion and people which is entitled “From Royal House to Nation” by Scott Johnsen. Here is a piece of his insight on Balinese religion:
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Saiban: The Most Important Offering
Tuesday, 4 Sep, 2007 – 15:02 | No Comment
Saiban: The Most Important Offering

The daily rhythm of Balinese life cannot be separated with the offering especially the simple daily offering, known as banten saiban or jotan. Though saiban is the simplest offering but it is considered the most …

Dealing with the Unseen
Tuesday, 28 Aug, 2007 – 14:19 | No Comment
Dealing with the Unseen

In every part of their daily life Balinese deal not just with the mortal but also with the inhabitants of supernatural realm which in the eye of the visitors always complicate even a very simple …

On Collective Cremation
Wednesday, 22 Aug, 2007 – 15:03 | One Comment
On Collective Cremation

Collective cremation season is on in Bali, dozens of collective cremation take place in eastern area of Bali especially in the regency of Gianyar, Klungkung and Bangli, some collective cremations also stage in Tabanan. Collective …

Melancaran: An Exorcism Trip
Monday, 20 Aug, 2007 – 17:25 | No Comment
Melancaran: An Exorcism Trip

Balinese believe that during the third and fourth month of Balinese Çaka calendar (around September and October in Gregorian calendar), Ratu Gede Nusa also known as Ratu Gede Mas Macaling, the leader of demons and …

Divine Rage versus Heaven and Hell
Friday, 10 Aug, 2007 – 13:12 | No Comment
Divine Rage versus Heaven and Hell

Divine rage is a belief in which deities and ancestors may punish one for one’s actions, especially in relation with religious ethic or ritual such as failure to perform a cremation, failure to fulfill a …

Onying: Sacred Trance Dance
Tuesday, 31 Jul, 2007 – 16:36 | One Comment
Onying: Sacred Trance Dance

In a ceremony to celebrate temple anniversary, one will likely has a chance to witness a singular and very striking form of Balinese religious expression which is known as Onying, in which the temple congregation, …