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A Tale From North: Pedawa Village
Wednesday, 6 Jul, 2011 – 8:07 | No Comment
A Tale From North: Pedawa Village

Buleleng, the northernmost area of Bali conceals an old Balinese village in which culture and arts are different from today’s Balinese village. The community has their own traditional costumes and a special dialect. Due to …

Siwaratri (Purgatory a la Balinese)
Monday, 3 Jan, 2011 – 5:51 | 9 Comments
Siwaratri (Purgatory a la Balinese)

Today Balinese celebrates Siwaratri, here is the interesting article on last year edition:
Tonight, on the seventh month’s  fourteenth day of waxing moon,  Balinese will celebrate the Siwaratri or the Night of Siwa. This holy day …

Bibi Anu
Wednesday, 5 May, 2010 – 13:40 | One Comment
Bibi Anu

Wisdom if you look carefully can be found everywhere, for Balinese traditional song is an important source of wisdom. The song “Bibi Anu” that is usually sung by expecting mother in bygone days is a …

Omed-omedan: A Unique Ritual Part 1
Thursday, 18 Mar, 2010 – 6:06 | 4 Comments
Omed-omedan: A Unique Ritual Part 1

So many people, young and old, men and women, natives and foreigners came in flocks to see a unique ritual in Banjar Kaja, Sesetan village, South Denpasar, a day after Nyepi. The old men from …

A Balinese Folktale: I Belog Part 3
Monday, 18 Jan, 2010 – 5:01 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: I Belog Part 3

a d: I Belog looked like a foolish man since he was fat and lethargic. Although, he had a crafty way to get something he wanted. In order to get Sari, the most beautiful girl …

Cupak and Grantang
Wednesday, 18 Nov, 2009 – 4:35 | No Comment
Cupak and Grantang

Bali has many folktales. A several days ago you have read a romantic story entitled “Jayaprana and Layonsari”. Now I will present you a story about two brothers who had different attitude and appearance, “Cupak …

A Balinese Folktale: Tiger and Firewood Collector
Monday, 31 Aug, 2009 – 5:00 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Tiger and Firewood Collector

Once upon a time, a tiger lived in Kadamba forest. All animal were afraid of him since he did not just prey on week animal such as deer, goat or hare but also strong animal …

A Balinese Folktale: I Belog Part 4
Sunday, 19 Jul, 2009 – 0:17 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: I Belog Part 4

I Belog was considered as a foolish man since his body was fat and lethargic. But he was a crafty man; he had tricky ways to get something he wanted. In order to get Sari; …

Traditional Balinese Children Song
Monday, 29 Jun, 2009 – 4:35 | 4 Comments
Traditional Balinese Children Song

Back in my childhood days, my friends and I used to play traditional Balinese children game called “meong-meongan” or “the cat” game. It is a simple game, derived from the well known theme of a …

Balinese Love Story
Sunday, 21 Jun, 2009 – 7:39 | 4 Comments
Balinese Love Story

Balinese have many love stories that are interesting to be read in Valentine day. I use the word interesting here since most of these stories are tragedy. Death is important element in these stories. It …

A Balinese Folktale: Foolish Turtle
Monday, 25 May, 2009 – 17:18 | One Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Foolish Turtle

Once upon a time there was a turtle called Empas lived in a pond on the slope of Mount Batur. Unfortunately a long draught occurred and the water of the pond reduced considerably day by …

A Balinese Folktale: The Grateful Crab
Tuesday, 12 May, 2009 – 16:40 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: The Grateful Crab

Once upon a time, there was a sage who traveled from one forest to another. He was so kind and wise, never hurt any creatures and has profound religious knowledge.One day he traveled to Mount …

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 …

A Balinese Folktale: Clever Goat
Monday, 6 Apr, 2009 – 17:07 | One Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Clever Goat

Once upon a time, there were a goat named Ni Mesaba and her daughter, Ni Wiwingsati, lived deep inside a forest on the slope of Mount Agung. They fed on the leaves that were …

Through The Eyes of Researcher: A Balinese Folktale on the Origin of Mice
Sunday, 15 Mar, 2009 – 11:00 | No Comment
Through The Eyes of Researcher: A Balinese Folktale on the Origin of Mice

Here is an interesting article on the origin of mouse based on Balinese folktale by DR. J Hooykaas entitled “A Balinese Folktale on The Origin of Mice”

Three years ago I had an article …

Sri Tanjung : About Sri Tanjung
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 9:49 | 3 Comments
Sri Tanjung : About Sri Tanjung

The first traces of the story of a young woman named Sri Tanjung are found on stone reliefs at various archaeological sites around East Java which date to the Majapahit period. These are the Candi …

A Balinese Folktale: The Crane in Priestly Robe
Sunday, 8 Feb, 2009 – 11:17 | 2 Comments
A Balinese Folktale: The Crane in Priestly Robe

On the slope of mount Meru, there was a pond with many fishes lived in it; they lived happily there for long time. Unfortunately a long drought came, the water decreased significantly day by day. …

A Balinese Folktale: Arrogant Elephant
Saturday, 13 Dec, 2008 – 15:03 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Arrogant Elephant

In order to preserve Balinese language, Balinese usually hold an event to increase youngsters’ passion to use Balinese language. Annually, some communities hold this event; storytelling, speech, and writing some sentence in Balinese alphabet on …

A Balinese Folktale:I Belog Part 2
Sunday, 16 Nov, 2008 – 20:40 | One Comment
A Balinese Folktale:I Belog Part 2

Though I Belog was considered a foolish man by his neighbors yet he actually had a tricky way to get what he wanted (see the previous article). To get Luh Sari, the most beautiful girl …

A Balinese Folktale: I Belog Part I
Sunday, 9 Nov, 2008 – 20:05 | One Comment
A Balinese Folktale: I Belog Part I

“Do not judge a book from its cover,” is a proper saying for us in judging someone or thing. Since the appearance is not usually represent the inside. There are so many people who look …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Defining Balinese Women in the Media
Thursday, 30 Oct, 2008 – 18:14 | 2 Comments
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Defining Balinese Women in the Media

Here is an excerpt taken from paper written by Helen Creese, entitled “Reading the Bali Post: Women and Representation in Post-Suharto Bali”. This excerpt discuss about defining Balinese women in the media.

In March 2000, the …

The Tale of Jaratkaru
Tuesday, 7 Oct, 2008 – 11:26 | One Comment
The Tale of Jaratkaru

A long time ago, a great hermit named Jaratkaru lived. He did lot of goodness. He was a good hermit since he never forgot about his responsibility as a hermit. Alas, he was too firm …

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 …

Cupak and Grantang Part 2
Friday, 18 Apr, 2008 – 16:55 | No Comment
Cupak and Grantang Part 2

Cupak and Grantang were two siblings with closely different characters. When Grantang was expelled by his father, Cupak came after his brother then followed him wherever he went to.
One day, they came in an …

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 …

Jayaprana and Layonsari
Tuesday, 25 Mar, 2008 – 16:52 | One Comment
Jayaprana and Layonsari

English has Romeo and Juliet to be proud of as a spectacular literary work. Chinese has Sampik Ing-Tai that shows world community that they also have a great romantic story. And Balinese answer for a …

Another Version of Rare Angon, A Well-Known Balinese Folktale
Wednesday, 30 Jan, 2008 – 16:53 | No Comment
Another Version of Rare Angon, A Well-Known Balinese Folktale

There was once a youngster by the name of Rare Anggon. His daily duty was to graze the cows belonging to his parents. He, with friends of is age, always went to the fields not …

A Balinese Folktale: Black Hen
Monday, 7 Jan, 2008 – 6:22 | 4 Comments
A Balinese Folktale: Black Hen

Once there was siap selem, the Black Hen, looking for food in the forest with her chicks. They always wandered to places under big tress where they could find lots of food; such as termites, …

A Balinese Folktale: Yellow Moon
Sunday, 23 Dec, 2007 – 9:56 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Yellow Moon

There was once a widow named Men Bekung (Mrs. Childless). She lived at the edge of a huge jungle. She collected firewood in the jungle. It was said that she found a little child. As …

A Balinese Folktale: Golden Cucumber
Wednesday, 19 Dec, 2007 – 21:18 | One Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Golden Cucumber

Long time ago there was a widow who had a only daughter called Ketimun Mas (Golden Cucumber). She was a young and cute girl of about ten years of age. They lived in the western-most …

A Balinese Folktale: Protector of Tenganan
Sunday, 9 Dec, 2007 – 8:22 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Protector of Tenganan

Once upon a time there was a man named I Tundung. Because he was very poor, he had no place to live. He wandered from one place to another. As for food, he depended upon …

The Fate of Folktales
Tuesday, 6 Nov, 2007 – 16:50 | 2 Comments
The Fate of Folktales

When I was a child, my mother, my grandmother or sometimes my father told me bedtime stories occasionally. The stories were Balinese traditional folktales with their cheeky monkey or greedy dog, arrogant king or funny …

A Balinese Folktale: Men Leket and The Big Monkey
Sunday, 4 Nov, 2007 – 8:54 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Men Leket and The Big Monkey

There was once a widow by the name Men Leket (Mrs. Leket), living at the edge of the forest with only her son, I Leket. One day when I Leket went out to catch birds, …

A Balinese Folktale: Bulan Kuning
Sunday, 28 Oct, 2007 – 12:31 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Bulan Kuning

There was once a widow by the name of Men Bekung. She lived at the edge of ahuge jungle. She collected firewood in the jungle. It was said that she found a little child. As …

A Balinese Folktale: Banaspati Raja
Sunday, 14 Oct, 2007 – 6:59 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Banaspati Raja

Siwa and his wife Dewi Sri were walking once in the mountain walaraoe. And moved by the lonely beauty of place Siwa wanted to enjoy his wife. But she would not, because it seemed to …

A Balinese Folktale: The Origin of Balinese Dance
Sunday, 30 Sep, 2007 – 15:44 | One Comment
A Balinese Folktale: The Origin of Balinese Dance

Long, long time ago Balinese dance was not as rich as today, there was no beautiful Legong, nor dramatic topeng, Balinese could only boast of trance dance such as Sanghyang Memedi or Sanghyang Dedari, no …

A Balinese Folktale: Complaining Gecko
Sunday, 23 Sep, 2007 – 10:19 | One Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Complaining Gecko

One day a Gecko went to the Village chief and complained: “Oh, sir, can you help me? Will you speak to the Firefly? He keeps me awake all night….flashing his light in my eyes.”
Now, the …

A Balinese Folktale: The Origin of Wayang Lemah
Sunday, 16 Sep, 2007 – 6:30 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: The Origin of Wayang Lemah

In an uncontrolled fit of temper Giriputri the mountain goddess and wife of Bhatara Siwa, had so mistreated her child Sanghyang Kumara that Siwa banished her to the middle world. There she was to remain, …

A Balinese Folktale: Basur
Sunday, 9 Sep, 2007 – 10:32 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Basur

Nyoman Karang had two beautiful daughters whom he wanted to marry. The elder, Sokasati, was promised to her cousin Tirta, with whom she was very much in love. But Tirta does not want to marry. …

A Balinese Folktale: War Between Badung and Buleleng
Sunday, 2 Sep, 2007 – 12:37 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: War Between Badung and Buleleng

The king of Mengwi was very upset since the southern part of his kingdom was taken by the king of Badung, I Gusti Ngurah Pemecutan. The king of Mengwi asked the king of Buleleng, I …