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Being Balinese
Sat, 21/07/07 – 12:53 | No Comment
Being Balinese

What makes a person a Balinese? Answering this question will need a closer look on the characteristics of the Balinese. With no further ado, I present you, the Balinese.
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Balinese are bound by their family, local …

Balinese Dance: From Sacred to Profane
Fri, 20/07/07 – 16:41 | One Comment
Balinese Dance: From Sacred to Profane

Development of tourism has penetrated into all aspect of Balinese life. And of course Balinese dance as an icon of Bali is among the first aspects of Balinese culture that are reshaped by the tourism. …

Topeng Panca: Popular Mask Performance
Thu, 19/07/07 – 17:07 | No Comment
Topeng Panca: Popular Mask Performance

At the end of nineteenth century, the king of Badung had assembled a truly superior group of dancers to perform at court. Some of the artistes were of brahmana caste, while others were commoners. Ida …

Barong Landung: Protective Effigy of the Village
Wed, 18/07/07 – 14:56 | No Comment
Barong Landung: Protective Effigy of the Village

Barong Landung is a magically protective effigy which is found in many villages of Denpasar area in preference to Barong Ket and other types of animal Barong. The word ‘landung’ means tall and indeed the …

Birthday a la Balinese
Mon, 16/07/07 – 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 …

A Balinese Folktale: Jaratkaru
Sun, 15/07/07 – 8:46 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Jaratkaru

A holy Brahmin named Jaratkaru had been practiced yoga for hundreds of years, he remained un-married as a part of his yoga practice. As a result of this long ascetism he had a power to …

Balinese Head Cloth
Sat, 14/07/07 – 14:23 | No Comment
Balinese Head Cloth

Head cloth, or udeng is the most striking part of Balinese traditional dress. An udeng is actually a piece of square cloth about one meter on each side. It may have overall design but it …

Balinese Temple Network
Fri, 13/07/07 – 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 …

Balinese as Audience
Thu, 12/07/07 – 15:44 | No Comment
Balinese as Audience

Watching a dance or drama performance for a Balinese is neither a matter of concentrated attention to what happen on the stage nor paying attention to the story in order to understand plot. It is …

Conservation a la Balinese
Wed, 11/07/07 – 15:41 | No Comment
Conservation a la Balinese

Conservation
1. The protection of natural environment.
2. The act of preventing something from being lost, wasted, damaged, or destroyed.
Those are the definition of conservation offered by my Oxford Advance Learner’s Dictionary. From the definitions above at least I …

Melia Bali New Room Category
Wed, 11/07/07 – 9:00 | No Comment
Melia Bali New Room Category

Greetings from Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort!
MELIÃ BALI is pleased to introduce the newest room category called, Deluxe Garden. Angled to capture stunning views of manicured gardens, 145 Deluxe Garden Rooms will be open …

Ngayah: Workforce Behind Every Ceremony
Tue, 10/07/07 – 16:56 | No Comment
Ngayah: Workforce Behind Every Ceremony

Thousands temple anniversaries and ceremonies are held every month in Bali especially during the auspicious months of Balinese traditional calendar. Each of these temple anniversaries and ceremonies require a lot of working hours and workers …

White lie a la Balinese
Mon, 9/07/07 – 16:11 | No Comment
White lie a la Balinese

To shed a better light on the topic of ‘white lie’, let us check first what Oxford Advance Learners Dictionary has to say on ‘lie’ and ‘white lie.’ In the context of untruthfulness, as a …

A Balinese Folktale: Smarandhana
Sun, 8/07/07 – 9:33 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Smarandhana

The demon-king Nilarudraka, whose citadel was at the foot of Himalayas, had long been waging war with heaven. The gods could not destroy him, for he had received Siwa peomise that he should die neither …

Freedom of Interpreting Culture and Religion
Thu, 5/07/07 – 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
Wed, 4/07/07 – 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
Tue, 3/07/07 – 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 …

Rejang Dance at Tenganan
Mon, 2/07/07 – 17:06 | One Comment
Rejang Dance at Tenganan

On Thursday, 6/28/2007, my boss and I had the rare opportunity to witness the Rejang dance at Banjar temple in ancient Tenganan village. Pak Mangku, the community leader of Tenganan, told us that the Rejang …

A Balinese Folktale: Kaki Tua
Sun, 1/07/07 – 7:15 | One Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Kaki Tua

Kaki Tua (old man) had a fine fat cow which he was very proud of. He refused to lend her when the village wanted to borrow her for the work in the rice fields. One …

Muran Teruna Ceremony
Sat, 30/06/07 – 14:44 | No Comment
Muran Teruna Ceremony

In accordance with Usaba Sambah series of ceremony (a month-long series of ceremonies which is held in the fifth month of Tenganan calendar) that is held in the ancient village of Tenganan, a special ceremony …

Ibu Gedong Bagoes Oka: Founder of Gandhian Ashrams in Bali
Mon, 25/06/07 – 16:45 | One Comment
Ibu Gedong Bagoes Oka: Founder of Gandhian Ashrams in Bali

“Let us live simply so that others may simply live”
M.K. Gandhi
The lifetime achievements of Ibu Gedong Bagoes Oka (1921-2002) are impressive and bear testimony to her unfailing faith in the teaching of Mahatma Gandhi. Mother …

Pamurtian: The Raging God
Sat, 23/06/07 – 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, …

Geringsing: Sacred Cloth of Tenganan
Fri, 22/06/07 – 14:50 | No Comment
Geringsing: Sacred Cloth of Tenganan

From a tiny village of Tenganan comes the rare geringsing cloth that put this little village among the best in textile technology. The geringsing cloth with its double ikat technique – a method in which …

Mudra: Sacred Hand Gesture
Thu, 21/06/07 – 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 …

Gambelan Gambang
Thu, 21/06/07 – 13:09 | No Comment
Gambelan Gambang

Gambang orchestra is a set of metalophone-liked pentatonic instrument that is used in cremation ceremony. The children Gambang troupe Tulak Baya of Bambang Village, Bangli regency in Bali Arts Festival 2007 perform several compositions such …

Mantra: Incantation
Wed, 20/06/07 – 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 …

Citra Wistara Cakepung
Wed, 20/06/07 – 17:10 | No Comment
Citra Wistara Cakepung

Citra Wistara Cakepung troupe was established in Buda Keling, Karangasem Regency in 1922 by the late Ida Wayan Oka Targi. Cakepung is a folk performance that is performed in relation with birth, wedding, cremation and …

Leko: Balinese Social Dance
Tue, 19/06/07 – 14:21 | No Comment
Leko: Balinese Social Dance

Leko is a type of social dance, may be a flirtation dance as a matter of fact. In old days, Leko was a palace dance, designed for the entertainment of the king, nowadays it is …

Photo News: Bali Arts Festival 2007, Day 1 – The Opening
Mon, 18/06/07 – 16:03 | One Comment
Photo News: Bali Arts Festival 2007, Day 1 – The Opening

The Bali Arts Festival is a full month of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions and other related cultural and commercial activities during which literally the whole of Bali comes to the city to present its offerings …

Balinese Stage
Mon, 18/06/07 – 16:00 | No Comment
Balinese Stage

Before we talk about a Balinese stage, let us take a glance on what Oxford Advance Learners Dictionary has to offer on the word ‘stage’ in the context of theater – a raised area, usually …

A Balinese Folktale: Dewa Kuning
Sun, 17/06/07 – 12:44 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Dewa Kuning

A peasant of Manggis had a beautiful daughter called Ayu Manggis. She went with her father to the market at Gelgel to sell firewood. Now it came to the ears of the King Baturenggong that …

Poleng: The Color of Bali
Sat, 16/06/07 – 11:14 | One Comment
Poleng: The Color of Bali

Poleng, or chessboard pattern of alternating black and white squares is surely the most distinguished motif of Balinese cloth. One can hardly miss the presence of a poleng cloth around him due to the striking …

Flower and Balinese
Fri, 15/06/07 – 16:52 | No Comment
Flower and Balinese

Flower, for Balinese, is a primary need. Tons of various kinds of flowers are used for various purposes such as material for offerings, decorations for ceremonies, medium of praying, and accessories for Balinese traditional dress …

Earthquake and Its Meaning
Wed, 13/06/07 – 15:47 | One Comment
Earthquake and Its Meaning

Earthquake for Balinese is not merely a disaster; there is a hidden meaning or a prophecy, for the sake of precision, in every occurrence of earthquake. Armed with the sacred Palelindon (treatise on earthquake) manuscript, …

Bale Banjar: Hamlet Meeting Hall
Tue, 12/06/07 – 15:34 | No Comment
Bale Banjar: Hamlet Meeting Hall

Hamlet, or Banjar in Balinese language, is the center of Balinese social and political life. Every Balinese is member of a banjar community, he has an obligation to attend all banjar activities, failure to attend …

Types of Balinese Temples
Mon, 11/06/07 – 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 …

A Balinese Folktale: Sampik and Sentai
Sun, 10/06/07 – 7:07 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Sampik and Sentai

Once upon a time there was a girl named Sentai. She asked her parent to send her to school at Wencunikuta. They could not bear to part from her, for she was the joy of …

Garuda: King of Birds
Sat, 9/06/07 – 14:18 | 3 Comments
Garuda: King of Birds

In Bali, Garuda is believed to be the king of birds, ruler of the sky, and personification of power. In Balinese culture, Garuda is always depicted as a man with bird head and a pair …

Sekaa Teruna: Traditional Youth Organization
Fri, 8/06/07 – 17:21 | No Comment
Sekaa Teruna: Traditional Youth Organization

Almost all Balinese youths either live in the island of Bali or outside are belong to the traditional youth organizations. Every hamlet (banjar) in has its own traditional youth organization, well known in Bali as …

Rerajahan: Sacred Drawing
Thu, 7/06/07 – 14:22 | No Comment
Rerajahan: Sacred Drawing

Religious symbols, icons, or signs can be found in surprisingly numerous numbers in Bali. Surprisingly? Since they are perfectly interwoven in everyday Balinese life, one hardly realizes their existence. Some religious symbol can easily be …