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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 …

Gamelan Cudamani US/Canada TOUR 2007
Sunday, 7 Oct, 2007 – 9:00 | One Comment
Gamelan Cudamani US/Canada TOUR 2007

ON TOUR
ODALAN BALI: An Offering of Music & Dance by Gamelan Cudamani
USA/Canada (Oct-Nov ‘07)
www.cudamani.org
ÇUDAMANI, the 26-member music & dance ensemble from Bali, Indonesia presents ODALAN BALI featuring cutting edge new works as well …

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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Bali, with its …

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, …

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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