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Total area of 38000 square meter of land is nestled in Tanjung Balangan; on the beach, white sand, magnificent cave, cliffs ocean view. And Airport in distance is blinking with lights. New Kuta Resort and …

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Giant Puppet Workshop
Mon, 3/03/08 – 17:01 | No Comment
Giant Puppet Workshop

On Balinese new year eve, known as pangrupukan (this year falls on 6/3/2008), thousands of ogoh ogoh (giant puppet of evil spirits, scary monsters, giants of Ramayana epic and other malevolent beings), will on the …

Rejang: Tenganan Pegringsingan
Fri, 29/02/08 – 13:51 | One Comment
Rejang: Tenganan Pegringsingan

We were surprised; we have seen Rejang dance before in other areas of Bali, we expected to see the slow and elegance movement of Rejang, smooth movements of the feet combine with hands movements as …

The End of the Festivity
Wed, 27/02/08 – 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 …

“Night” in Balinese Point of View
Tue, 26/02/08 – 15:29 | No Comment
“Night” in Balinese Point of View

As the sun sets and darkness replaces the illumination of the sunlight, night makes its way to the earth. “Night” is a phenomenon that all nations in the world have their own point of view, …

Dokar (Horse Cart) Festival
Mon, 25/02/08 – 16:21 | One Comment
Dokar (Horse Cart) Festival

Keeping alive the art and culture of Bali is not only the responsibility of the government, though government has programs to preserve the cultural heritages. Balinese youth have their own way in participating and supporting …

Behind Pagerebongan Ceremony
Sat, 23/02/08 – 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
Fri, 22/02/08 – 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 …

What to Do on Full Moon in Denpasar
Thu, 21/02/08 – 17:49 | No Comment
What to Do on Full Moon in Denpasar

Tonight is full moon here in Bali, and of course full moon in Bali offers something more than ordinary days especially in Denpasar where full-moon fever reach its highest point compare to other areas in …

Creating the Giant Puppet (ogoh-ogoh)
Wed, 20/02/08 – 17:01 | One Comment
Creating the Giant Puppet (ogoh-ogoh)

On March 7th Balinese will celebrate Nyepi (Balinese New Year) but for the teenagers all over the island the special day is a day prior to nyepi on March 6th. On this day ogoh-ogoh (a …

A Glimps on Caste Strugle in Bali part 1
Tue, 19/02/08 – 17:15 | One Comment
A Glimps on Caste Strugle in Bali part 1

Hierarchy in a society exists in some areas in the world and Bali is one of them. This island of gods has a special society order. Balinese adopted their society order from India. This order …

Ingka: Simple and Practical Balinese Plate
Mon, 18/02/08 – 17:23 | No Comment
Ingka: Simple and Practical Balinese Plate

Did you ever attend a Balinese Wedding party? And had meals there? Take a look at what do Balinese use to serve the food? Yes, Balinese usually use ‘ingka’ as a substitute for plate in …

Hell a la Balinese
Sat, 16/02/08 – 15:16 | No Comment
Hell a la Balinese

Hell from Balinese point of view can be seen in the ceiling of the Kertha Gosa, the traditional courtroom of Gelgel Kingdom in the heart of Semarapura town, Klungkung Regency. I think picture will tell …

Abuang Dance: the Hallmark of Tenganan New Year
Fri, 15/02/08 – 17:48 | No Comment
Abuang Dance: the Hallmark of Tenganan New Year

This month, the people of Tenganan celebrated their new year with the sacred Usaba Kasa ceremony – Usaba Kasa is a series ceremony that celebrated the first month of Tenganan year. This year, the final …

Pengerebongan: The Mass Trance Ritual
Thu, 14/02/08 – 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 …

Chinese Legacies in Bali Part 2
Wed, 13/02/08 – 17:17 | No Comment
Chinese Legacies in Bali Part 2

As a result, from Chinese immigration to Bali there are some numbers of assimilation products (for the former explanation see on the previous posting). “Uang kepeng” or Chinese coin and ceramics have been discussed in …

Chinese Legacies in Bali
Mon, 11/02/08 – 17:34 | One Comment
Chinese Legacies in Bali

Various ethnics with different religions lived peacefully in Bali. Chinese is one of them. For example, on the next February 7th Chinese will celebrate the Chinese New Year and of course Balinese will show a …

A Unique Imlek Celebration
Sat, 9/02/08 – 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 …

The Royal Palace of Buleleng
Fri, 8/02/08 – 18:30 | One Comment
The Royal Palace of Buleleng

The Royal line of Buleleng, Singaraja is descended from the Son of Dalem Sagening, the King of Gelgel, Klungkung named Ki Gusti Anglurah Pandji Sakti. Pandji Sakti, it is recorded left from Klungkung to establish …

More on Durian in Bali
Fri, 8/02/08 – 16:57 | 2 Comments
More on Durian in Bali

If you are happen to visit Bali this month and you love to eat durian then you will have a great chance to experience the durian season of Bali. The durian season this year come …

A Serene Buddhist Monastery in North Bali
Wed, 6/02/08 – 17:40 | No Comment
A Serene Buddhist Monastery in North Bali

If you are looking for a serene Buddhist Monastery in Bali the Brahmavira Arama Buddhist Monastery is just the perfect place for you. Perched on a slope of a hill, Brahmavira Arama Buddhist Temple and …

The Worst Month in a Year
Tue, 5/02/08 – 17:37 | No Comment
The Worst Month in a Year

Bali, this february, is entering the ninth month of Caka lunar year which is known as Kesanga. The Kesanga is well-known as the worst month in a year which full of pestilences, swarms with bhuta …

A Bit of Soeharto’s Legacy in Bali
Mon, 4/02/08 – 18:00 | No Comment
A Bit of Soeharto’s Legacy in Bali

An important person had died. Some Indonesian and several foreigners who knew well this man admire him while others hate him much. This controversial general left many unsettled problems to solve.
Actually, Balinese are not really …

Centennial Celebration of Anak Agung Pandji Tisna
Sun, 3/02/08 – 10:06 | No Comment
Centennial Celebration of Anak  Agung Pandji Tisna

On February 11, 2008, the royal family of Buleleng will hold the centennial celebration of Anak Agung Pandji Tisna, the first Balinese writer and also the beloved prince of Buleleng Kingdom. In 1930s, Anak …

Serangan Island
Sun, 3/02/08 – 0:20 | 2 Comments
Serangan Island

Serangan is a small island that lies off the Balinese coastline just south of Sanur and has long played an important role in local religious history. Despite its size, there are actually four temple compounds …

Omen and House Compound
Thu, 31/01/08 – 17:02 | No Comment
Omen and House Compound

Omen for Balinese is an important thing and it can be a serious problem if it occurs inside a house compound. For Balinese an ill omen if it occurs inside a house compound, it signifies …

Another Version of Rare Angon, A Well-Known Balinese Folktale
Wed, 30/01/08 – 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 …

Lovina Beach in the Morning
Wed, 30/01/08 – 15:14 | 2 Comments
Lovina Beach in the Morning

Six km west of Singaraja, three hours drive from Denpasar, the popular beach resort of Lovina is a long stretch of black sand with crystal-clear water. Actually, Lovina is a generic term for a whole …

Photo News: Penjor
Wed, 30/01/08 – 14:06 | No Comment
Photo News: Penjor

If you pass by Jalan Raya Kapal, You will easily find a nice-decorative bamboo pole (Penjor). According Mr. Sunada, he always makes every Galungan different type of unusual Penjor. This time looks like God of …

Death, End of the Story?
Mon, 28/01/08 – 15:00 | One Comment
Death, End of the Story?

To Balinese, death does not mean the end of the story for the deceased, it does not mean all the past grudges are forgotten, it also does not mean the actions of the deceased and …

Ni Pollok
Fri, 25/01/08 – 15:29 | 2 Comments
Ni Pollok

She was born on March 3rd 1917 at Banjar Kelandis. Her parents were farmers, but she did not follow her parents’ footsteps. God blessed a great talent to her, She danced Balinese dance beautifully and …

Law and Justice
Fri, 25/01/08 – 7:46 | No Comment
Law and Justice

For Balinese the local customary law, or Awig-awig, is more revered and feared than the official Indonesian law, or hukum since it has a strong root in tradition. Having an awig-awig in order to live …

Selikur Galungan (Best Wedding Day)
Thu, 24/01/08 – 0:28 | No Comment
Selikur Galungan (Best Wedding Day)

This article is featured in 2006 that relates to Galungan, here are details:
8th November 2006 is the best wedding day for Balinese. For hundreds of years Balinese have been using this day for their wedding …

A.A Gde Agung National Hero
Wed, 23/01/08 – 6:46 | 2 Comments
A.A Gde Agung National Hero

A.A Gde Agung National Hero
Source Bali Post January 22, 2008
Governor Bali, Dewa Beratha, never recommends title national hero to Late Dr. A.A. Gde Agung. There is something wrong in recommendation prosses that comes …

Penjor on Galungan Day
Tue, 22/01/08 – 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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Through the Eyes of Researcher:Buying Offerings
Wed, 16/01/08 – 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 …

Healthy a la Balinese
Tue, 15/01/08 – 16:27 | 2 Comments
Healthy a la Balinese

Staying healthy a la Balinese is quite complicated, many factors have to be taken into consideration, and one of them is the harmony of elements within the body. Based on Balinese traditional healing method, the …

Sin Can Kill
Mon, 14/01/08 – 17:17 | One Comment
Sin Can Kill

In Balinese’s point of view, sin can cause many kinds of illness to the Balinese, which cannot be cured before they realized their sin, perform necessary ritual as a sign of repentance or to appease …

Welcome Dance
Sat, 12/01/08 – 16:56 | No Comment
Welcome Dance

During the heyday of tourism in Bali around 70s and 80s, the visitors to the paradise island usually had a chance or two to be showered by flowers by a group of girls with golden …

Permanent Exhibition of Anak Agung Made Djelantik’s Watercolor Paintings in Arma Museum
Fri, 11/01/08 – 23:36 | No Comment
Permanent Exhibition of Anak Agung Made Djelantik’s Watercolor Paintings  in Arma Museum

A permanent exhibition room in Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) is immortalized as Anak Agung Made Djelantik Room to honour Anak Agung Made Djelantik’s dedication for art and culture of Bali especially Balinese painting. …

Offering: Expression of Devotion to God or Requirement of a Ceremony
Wed, 9/01/08 – 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 …