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More on Balinese Religious Ceremony
Wednesday, 25 Jul, 2007 – 17:46 | No Comment
More on Balinese Religious Ceremony

Religious ceremony of Bali which is portrayed as a pompous celebration, full of festivity, beautiful decorations and lavish offerings by the travel guide book just a small piece of truth of the nature of Balinese …

Birthday a la Balinese
Monday, 16 Jul, 2007 – 17:26 | No Comment
Birthday a la Balinese

Birthday (oton) of a Balinese is celebrated every 210 or a year of Pawukon calendar (pawukon calendar consists of 35 weeks) so in a Gregorian Balinese almost have two birthdays (oton) each Gregorian year. The …

Balinese Temple Network
Friday, 13 Jul, 2007 – 17:22 | No Comment
Balinese Temple Network

More than 20,000 temples are scattered all over the island of Bali. All these temples are linked one and another create hundreds of temple networks based on the function of the temple and the clan …

Freedom of Interpreting Culture and Religion
Thursday, 5 Jul, 2007 – 16:08 | No Comment
Freedom of Interpreting Culture and Religion

All aspect of Balinese culture and religion are endless source of interpretation, mainly by Balinese. It seems that every Balinese has his own interpretation on every aspect of Balinese culture or religion. Though the interpretation …

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 …

Picking Up The Core of Peace and Happiness
Tuesday, 3 Jul, 2007 – 16:25 | No Comment
Picking Up The Core of Peace and Happiness

Yesterday, 7/2/2007, a sacred, joyful Mendak Bagia Pulakerti (picking up the core of peace and happiness) ceremony was held in my village, Sibanggede, in Badung Regency. This ceremony was held as a part of Medudus …

Pamurtian: The Raging God
Saturday, 23 Jun, 2007 – 13:48 | No Comment
Pamurtian: The Raging God

Gods and goddesses in Balinese culture is not immune to the emotions, they can be happy sad or in rage, that is why Balinese strive in many ways to please them. Beautiful offerings, sacred ceremonies, …

Mudra: Sacred Hand Gesture
Thursday, 21 Jun, 2007 – 13:33 | No Comment
Mudra: Sacred Hand Gesture

When someone encounters a Balinese high priest (pedanda) in action, one can hardly miss the beauty of his or her hand gestures. This hand gestures are known as mudra. Mudra has been used by both …

Mantra: Incantation
Wednesday, 20 Jun, 2007 – 17:22 | No Comment
Mantra: Incantation

No ceremony, ritual, or offering is believed to be accepted by God without proper incantation (mantra) is chanted by a qualified priest or high priest to summon God from heaven and beg Him to accept …

Types of Balinese Temples
Monday, 11 Jun, 2007 – 16:30 | No Comment
Types of Balinese Temples

Thousands of temples that scattered all over the island of Bali are not just built for a single purpose. The function of a temple can be determined by the characteristics of the temple that totally …

Jejaitan: Backbone of Balinese Offering
Friday, 25 May, 2007 – 17:34 | One Comment
Jejaitan: Backbone of Balinese Offering

When someone take a closer look on Balinese offering, he/she will readily conclude that most parts of the offering are woven palm leaves. Jejaitan, or woven coconut leaves is not just an indispensable part but …

Religion and Environment Conservation in Bali
Friday, 11 May, 2007 – 16:01 | No Comment
Religion and Environment Conservation in Bali

Balinese religion, Hindu with all its numerous religious ritual and ceremonies depends largely on the nature for its survival. There is a constant demand leave – coconut leave, banana leave, bamboo leave, jackfruit leave …

Animal Sacrifices
Wednesday, 9 May, 2007 – 15:38 | One Comment
Animal Sacrifices

Animal sacrifices or using animals in religious ceremonies is obligatory in Bali. Most of Balinese ceremonies require one or more animal to be scarified. Killing animal in this way is not considered a cruelty. When …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Religion
Friday, 4 May, 2007 – 15:17 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Religion

It is interesting to have a researchers view on Balinese Religion. Here are an excerpt taken from Hildred and Clifford Geertz’s “Kinship of Bali”. this excerpt gives their view on Balinese religion.
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In very general terms, …

The Throne of God
Wednesday, 2 May, 2007 – 17:48 | No Comment
The Throne of God

Padmasana, the seat of God is an obligatory shrine that must be established in every Balinese Hinduism temple. No temple is considered to be complete without this shrine. The word Padmasana is derived fro the …

Balinese Hinduism: A Living Organism
Friday, 27 Apr, 2007 – 16:54 | No Comment
Balinese Hinduism: A Living Organism

Balinese Hinduism is very much a living organism. It is alive. And the visible sign of it is its never-ending adaptation with the Desa (place), Kala (time), Patra (circumstance), the results of this adaptation is …

Where to Get Holy Water: Natural Sources
Tuesday, 24 Apr, 2007 – 16:42 | No Comment
Where to Get Holy Water: Natural Sources

Holy water, the most important part of a Balinese ceremony, no ceremony is considered to be complete without the presence of Holy water. Holy water can be obtained either from natural sources or from the …

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 …

Protecting House Compound: Guardian Spirit Shrine
Thursday, 19 Apr, 2007 – 15:54 | One Comment
Protecting House Compound: Guardian Spirit Shrine

For Balinese, protecting house compound is great task that cannot be handled effectively by walls and gate only, especially when dealing with mystical disturbances. For Balinese mystical disturbance is as real as the physical one …

Balinese Family Temple
Wednesday, 11 Apr, 2007 – 16:21 | No Comment
Balinese Family Temple

Ancestors are very important to the Balinese. Each Balinese family has a family temple to worship God almighty and glorify the ancestor and of course, in this family temple ancestors worship is given a great …

Pilgrimage
Friday, 6 Apr, 2007 – 17:13 | No Comment
Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage, especially to the temple is an indispensable part of Balinese culture and religion. There is an indescribable joy in every Balinese face when they head to the temple especial a far off temple. It …

Gods Descend All Together
Monday, 2 Apr, 2007 – 14:48 | No Comment
Gods Descend All Together

Today, Monday, 4/2/2007, concur with the full moon of the tenth month (Kadasa) of Balinese Caka calendar, the great ceremony Bhatara Turun Kabeh (Gods descend all together) is held in Besakih, the mother temple of …

A Religion of Action
Wednesday, 28 Mar, 2007 – 16:04 | No Comment
A Religion of Action

Balinese religion, in a broad sense, Hindus, even among the priests, is concrete, action-centered, thoroughly interwoven with the details of everyday life, and touched with little, if any, of the philosophical sophistication or generalized concern …

Out for Nyepi
Sunday, 18 Mar, 2007 – 11:59 | No Comment
Out for Nyepi

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We Are Out for Nyepi.

Tabuh Rah: Blood Sacrifice
Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2007 – 12:07 | No Comment
Tabuh Rah: Blood Sacrifice

The great Tawur Kesanga, an extortion payment to the bhuta kala (personification of negative force) that is held a day before Nyepi (this year Nyepi falls on Monday 3/19/07) will not be complete without Tabuh …

Holy Water: The Backbone of Balinese Hinduism
Saturday, 10 Mar, 2007 – 14:22 | 2 Comments
Holy Water: The Backbone of Balinese Hinduism

The most important part of all Balinese ceremony is a Holy water. Holy water accompanies every act of Hindu-Balinese worship from individual devotion at household shrine to island-wide ceremonies. Holy water acts as an agent …

Odalan: Temple Anniversary
Friday, 9 Mar, 2007 – 16:34 | No Comment
Odalan: Temple Anniversary

Every temple in Bali has a regularly scheduled festival, an odalan, to celebrate the anniversary of temple dedication. The Odalan are scheduled either by the lunar calendar, the Saka Calendar, or by the 210-day ceremonial …

The Hallmark of Balinese Hinduism
Friday, 2 Mar, 2007 – 15:36 | No Comment
The Hallmark of Balinese Hinduism

Bali is the land of symbol, all product of Balinese activity is a symbolization of their faith and belief, and offering is the hallmark of all Balinese symbolization. Offering is a symbol of Balinese devotion …

The Purification of Body, Mind and Soul
Monday, 5 Feb, 2007 – 14:00 | 2 Comments
The Purification of Body, Mind and Soul

Tampaksiring for Balinese not just offers a magnificent view of terraced rice fields or a splendid temple with excellent architecture but also provides a holy bath place that consists of 23 non forbidden showers (there …

Most Wanted Ceremony in Bali
Thursday, 1 Feb, 2007 – 17:18 | No Comment
Most Wanted Ceremony in Bali

“Go to school, get a job and get married” is what Balinese parents want from their children. Sooner the children get a job, sooner they can marry, happier the parents will be. “When will you …

A Never-Ending Quest for Holy Water
Thursday, 18 Jan, 2007 – 16:31 | No Comment
A Never-Ending Quest for Holy Water

Holy Water is an indispensable part of Balinese Hinduism; the importance of Holy Water is shown by the older generation of Balinese who still calls the Balinese Hinduism as ‘Agama Tirtha‘, (the religion of Holy …

The Disappearance of Environmental Conscious Architecture in Balinese Temple
Wednesday, 10 Jan, 2007 – 16:34 | One Comment
The Disappearance of Environmental Conscious Architecture in Balinese Temple

Pura (temple), the sanctuary of Hinduism in Bali now undergoes a serious drawback on architectural diversity and environmental conscious architecture. The renovation and restoration of Pura (temple) all over Bali show an annoying uniformity in …

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 …

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 …

Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi – Events of the Day
Tuesday, 19 Dec, 2006 – 16:57 | No Comment
Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi – Events of the Day

Today is the new moon of the sixth month in Balinese Caka calendar. Many religious events and temple ceremonies are held all over Bali the biggest of them is the Panca Wali Krama ceremony in …

Dharma Wacana (Speech of Virtue)
Tuesday, 19 Dec, 2006 – 16:40 | No Comment
Dharma Wacana (Speech of Virtue)

Dharma Wacana or the speech of virtue is a kind of religious preaching which its topic mainly on the implementation of religious values in everyday life. This Dharma Wacana (speech of virtue) is given by …

Nyepi – the Balinese Day of Silence
Tuesday, 19 Dec, 2006 – 3:00 | 8 Comments
Nyepi – the Balinese Day of Silence

Anyone considering travelling to Bali in the month of March should be aware that a major religious holiday will take place that could impact on scheduled itineraries. On 19th March 2007 the Balinese will celebrate …

Ogoh Ogoh
Monday, 18 Dec, 2006 – 4:00 | 3 Comments
Ogoh Ogoh

Nyepi day is approaching, traditionally on the evening prior to Nyepi the local communities carry Ogoh Ogoh (giant monster effigies) around the streets in a noisy parade with gongs …

From Melasti to Ngembak Geni
Saturday, 16 Dec, 2006 – 4:00 | 3 Comments
From Melasti to Ngembak Geni

Every religion or culture all over the world has its own way to define and celebrate their New Year. The same thing also occurs in Bali, however the Balinese commence this occasion with a 24 …