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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 …

Tajen Cockfighting Today
Wednesday, 13 Dec, 2006 – 15:54 | No Comment
Tajen Cockfighting Today

There are many articles or essays in the net which explains cockfighting in Bali in remarkable detail but they are all in the past. So I will give information in relation with cockfighting in Bali …

Kuningan (A Day for Family)
Saturday, 9 Dec, 2006 – 0:49 | 3 Comments
Kuningan (A Day for Family)

On 9th December 2006  Balinese will celebrate Kuningan day. Kuningan takes its name from the fact that a special offering that is presented in this holyday is yellow rice (nasi kuning) is made by colouring …

Ngerebeg (Village Purification Ceremony)
Wednesday, 6 Dec, 2006 – 14:56 | No Comment
Ngerebeg (Village Purification Ceremony)

Ngerebeg is one of many kinds exorcism and purification ceremony that exist in Bali. The Ngerebeg ceremony is usually held in Kuningan day or before a temple festival especially in Gianyar regency. The Ngerebeg ceremony …

Galungan – A Brief Overview
Wednesday, 29 Nov, 2006 – 6:15 | 3 Comments
Galungan – A Brief Overview

The ancient Balinese calendar is a complex cycle where many days have specific holy significances. The Balinese community will celebrate Galungan on Wednesday November 29, 2006, which in western terms can be likened to Christmas …

Perang Jempana “war of the gods”, Bugbug
Tuesday, 10 Oct, 2006 – 17:07 | No Comment
Perang Jempana “war of the gods”, Bugbug

This ritual occurs every two years on the full moon on the fourth month (October 7, 2006). The four villages (Bugbug, Ngis, Jasi and Bebandem) participate in a “war of the gods” which is in …

Saraswati Day – the Celebration of Knowledge
Saturday, 16 Sep, 2006 – 9:01 | 4 Comments
Saraswati Day – the Celebration of Knowledge

In Bali there are frequent ceremonies that celebrate the Hindu faith. Every day, according to the Balinese lunar calendar, has some significance that requires prayer and offerings to appease the Gods. Through religion and belief, …

Cremation in Bali
Friday, 8 Sep, 2006 – 15:47 | One Comment
Cremation in Bali

Without delving into the in-depth intricacies of the Hindu faith, the Balinese believe in reincarnation and upon death the body is merely a vessel for the soul whereby a series of complex rituals must be …

Tsunami: Seven Eggs to Appease Nature’s Wrath
Thursday, 27 Jul, 2006 – 13:46 | No Comment
Tsunami: Seven Eggs to Appease Nature’s Wrath

I Wayan Juniartha, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar, Bali
The main elements of the offering are seven duck eggs and one sandat (Canangium odoratum) flower with complete, undamaged petals. A growing number of Balinese believe that the …

Thousands perform bali darpanam in Kerala
Wednesday, 26 Jul, 2006 – 6:55 | No Comment
Thousands perform bali darpanam in Kerala

25 July 2006
TRIVANDRUM —Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees performed a unique ritual called ‘bali darpanam’ on the new moon day of the Malayalam month of Karkkidakam yesterday.

‘Bali’ is performed on the death …

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 …

‘Siat Sampian’: A Centuries Old Unique War Performance at Samuan Tiga Temple
Tuesday, 30 May, 2006 – 11:22 | 3 Comments
‘Siat Sampian’: A Centuries Old Unique War Performance at Samuan Tiga Temple

‘Siat sampian’ or sampian war is one of the oldest Balinese Hindus’ sacred tradition that is performed annually at Samuan Tiga temple in Gianyar. In this war, dozens of premas – or women – worshippers …

Ngejot
Saturday, 27 May, 2006 – 10:19 | No Comment
Ngejot

An offering is something tangible, presented to appease the Gods in times of prayer. Philosophically, an offering is a sort of self sacrifice that takes time and effort to prepare. The simplest Balinese offering called …

Karya Ngusaba Kedasa Pura Ulun Danu Batur
Friday, 14 Apr, 2006 – 16:26 | One Comment
Karya Ngusaba Kedasa Pura Ulun Danu Batur

April 10 – 25, 2006
Desa Adat Batur Kecamatan Kintamani
Pura Ulun Danu Batur’s odalan is on full moon April 12, 2006 (Purnama Kedasa); it uses lunar calendar instead Wuku (cycle of 210 days). The ceremony has …

Rites of Passage
Wednesday, 15 Mar, 2006 – 16:14 | One Comment
Rites of Passage

Rites of passage are an important aspect of every Balinese Hindu’s life and invariably coincide with a physical event such as birth, puberty and marriage. Each rite is marked by a ceremony and elaborate offerings. …

Canang Offerings
Monday, 13 Mar, 2006 – 12:00 | 4 Comments
Canang Offerings

An offering is something tangible, presented to appease the Gods in times of prayer. Philosophically, an offering is a sort of self sacrifice. One spends a significant amount of time and money in making an …