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Barong Kedingkling: A Merry Exorcism
Wed, 6/06/07 – 14:36 | One Comment
Barong Kedingkling: A Merry Exorcism

Barong Kedingkling is a sacred performance of nine masked dancers which derives its theme from Ramayana epic. It has exorcism function. It is performed when there is a pestilence hits the town or before a …

Memento Mori a la Balinese
Tue, 5/06/07 – 15:02 | No Comment
Memento Mori a la Balinese

Memento mori, a Latin phrase that may be freely translated as “Remember that you are mortal,” “Remember you will die,” or “Remember your death”. It names a genre of artistic creations that vary widely from …

Candrasengkala: Art of Chronogram
Mon, 4/06/07 – 15:10 | No Comment
Candrasengkala: Art of Chronogram

History to Balinese is not just something to be buried in the past, but it is something that has to be remembered and used as a guidance to face the future. An attempt to immortalize …

A Balinese Folktale: Rare Angon
Sun, 3/06/07 – 10:43 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Rare Angon

A herd-boy, name Rare Angon once made a shadow puppet out of banana-leaf while he was herding cows in the rice fields. The puppet represented a very beautiful woman, but he made it from his …

Lovina Beach
Thu, 31/05/07 – 17:11 | 2 Comments
Lovina Beach

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 …

Cakepung: Ancient Merry Performance
Wed, 30/05/07 – 14:11 | No Comment
Cakepung: Ancient Merry Performance

Cakepung is a male social performance, combination of singing and dancing, done strictly for recreation and amusement, and is found today only in Karangasem Regency and on Lombok, its former vassal state. This folk-performance derives …

Sema: Cemetery
Tue, 29/05/07 – 13:24 | No Comment
Sema: Cemetery

Sema, or cemetery is always a source of horror for Balinese. It is the place where the spirits of uncremated corpses wander around, playground for evil spirit and bhuta kala and of course, hunting ground …

Keep Bali in Balance
Mon, 28/05/07 – 11:49 | No Comment
Keep Bali in Balance

In their life, Balinese put great emphasis on the balance of all world powers and elements. Countless of religious ceremonies are held to keep and restore the balance in the world. Of course, for Balinese, …

A Balinese Folktale: Rengganis
Sun, 27/05/07 – 11:40 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Rengganis

Rengganis, the daughter of Begawan Arab, went to the garden of Sri jayengrana, King of Mekah, to eat the sweet-smelling flowers. For she was a goddess, and only fed on the juice of flowers; rice …

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
Sat, 26/05/07 – 14:14 | 3 Comments
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple may seem like floating on the surface of the Lake Bratan, as a matter of fact, it is situated on a small promontory jutting out from the western shore of the …

Jejaitan: Backbone of Balinese Offering
Fri, 25/05/07 – 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 …

Brem: Balinese Sweet Wine
Thu, 24/05/07 – 17:18 | No Comment
Brem: Balinese Sweet Wine

Brem, sweet rice wine that is usually found in traditional markets or roadside stalls large Bintang beer bottles is one of three popular Balinese liquors – other are arak, and tuak. Like arak and tuak, …

Gedong Kirtya: Sacred Manuscript Library
Wed, 23/05/07 – 14:13 | 4 Comments
Gedong Kirtya: Sacred Manuscript Library

Gedong Kirtya, the only palm-leaf manuscript library in Bali or maybe in the world is founded in 1928. Gedong Kirtya was opened to the public by the then Governor General of East Indies, A. C.D. …

Help Nyoman Kanca
Wed, 23/05/07 – 12:39 | No Comment
Help Nyoman Kanca

Rotaract Projects: Help Nyoman Kanca
Appeal for Funding to Send Nyoman Kanca to Adelaide, Australia for an operation in 2007 at the Australian Cranifacial Unit.
The South Australian Government provides the operation, accomodation at the hospital and …

Rejang: A Dance for God
Tue, 22/05/07 – 16:02 | One Comment
Rejang: A Dance for God

Rejang, an ancient dance performs only in a temple anniversary in inner courtyard of the temple to delight and entertain the visiting god and spirit. Rejang consist of a slow procession, but participants conduct themselves …

Into a Green Sanctuary
Mon, 21/05/07 – 16:03 | One Comment
Into a Green Sanctuary

Ancient village of Tenganan is surely fortified by nature to form a green sanctuary, flanked on both sides by hills and the majestic mount Agung on the back, surrounded by one of Bali’s most intact …

A Balinese Folktale: Pakang Raras
Sun, 20/05/07 – 8:47 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Pakang Raras

Pakang Raras who was about fourteen years old, was flying kites one day with his attendants, Punta and Wijil, when the string broke and they lost their way in the forest. They were driven by …

Samuan Tiga Temple
Sat, 19/05/07 – 12:10 | 2 Comments
Samuan Tiga Temple

Pura Samuan Tiga, an exceptionally unique temple situated in the village of Bedulu, 25 km from Denpasar, 5 km from Ubud, and only 400 m from Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah) sanctuary. Built in 10th century …

First European Artist in Bali
Fri, 18/05/07 – 17:02 | 2 Comments
First European Artist in Bali

In 1904, when most of Bali still ruled by native princes and wrapped in medieval splendor little touched by the outside, W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp, the first foreign artist to visits Bali, landed on the north coast …

Meru: Magnum Opus of Balinese Shrine
Thu, 17/05/07 – 14:51 | No Comment
Meru: Magnum Opus of Balinese Shrine

Meru, an elaborate multi-tiered temple structure with thatched roof of sugar palm fiber called duk, is surely a prima ballerina of many temple courtyards. Towering majestically among other shrine, meru is a symbol of the …

The Grand Palace Hotel, East Java
Thu, 17/05/07 – 13:55 | No Comment
The Grand Palace Hotel, East Java

The Grand Palace Hotel is located only 20km to the west of Malang region, East Java, where is a holiday resort – Batu and Pujon which the most popular tourism resort and agro tourism. Malang …

Balinese Drama: In Front and Behind The Scene
Wed, 16/05/07 – 17:15 | No Comment
Balinese Drama: In Front and Behind The Scene

The following is rough picture of how performance may originate in Bali. There is a temple feast coming on; what dancers shall be asked? “Let us fetch those good dancers from —.” Not all of …

Balinese Traditional Architecture + Modern Building =?
Tue, 15/05/07 – 15:37 | 2 Comments
Balinese Traditional Architecture + Modern Building =?

Balinese traditional architecture, an ancient art that controlled by the ironclad strictness of Asta Kosala Kosali rules always seeks a balance between the environment and the human. The Asta Kosala Kosali governs the Balinese traditional …

Sibetan: Home of Snake Fruit
Mon, 14/05/07 – 15:52 | 2 Comments
Sibetan: Home of Snake Fruit

One and half-hour drive from Denpasar to Sibetan village is not a waste time. The winding road to Sibetan through palm-leafed fenced terraced rice fields offers breathtaking sceneries. Rows of the rice fields perch on …

A Balinese Folktale: Windu Sara
Sun, 13/05/07 – 8:19 | No Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Windu Sara

Once upon a time, there was a man named Windu Sara. He only cared about flowers and books, and took no interest in women. His mother as always urging him to marry, and one day …

Serangan Island
Sat, 12/05/07 – 13:26 | No Comment
Serangan Island

Serangan, a small island lies just off Bali southern coast near Sanur, connected to the main island with a dusty bridge-road. Serangan has an area of only 180 acres and a population abut 6000, and …

Religion and Environment Conservation in Bali
Fri, 11/05/07 – 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 …

Balinese Dance, Drama, and Music
Thu, 10/05/07 – 16:11 | No Comment
Balinese Dance, Drama, and Music

In Bali, dance, drama and music are important part of a ritual or religious ceremony. It is an offering to God. Dancers and actors offer their best performances; musicians play their best melody all for …

Kayumanis Jimbaran in Conde Nast Traveler Hot List 2007
Thu, 10/05/07 – 9:00 | No Comment
Kayumanis Jimbaran in Conde Nast Traveler Hot List 2007

Kayumanis Jimbaran is proud to announce that it has been included on the Condé Nast Traveler 2007 Hot List which officially recognizes the World’s Top New 138 Hotels.
According to Condé Nast Traveler, a premier publication …

Animal Sacrifices
Wed, 9/05/07 – 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 …

News from WakaMaya Resort Spa & Villas, Sanur
Wed, 9/05/07 – 11:01 | No Comment
News from WakaMaya Resort Spa & Villas, Sanur

On September, 2006, Dr. Klaus M. Schalkhauser & Dr. Maja Schalkhauser the German Share Holders of PT. Vishakra Ning Bali (a foreign investment company) as the owning company of WakaMaya Resort Spa & Villas approved …

The Origin of Legong
Tue, 8/05/07 – 11:11 | 2 Comments
The Origin of Legong

The classical legong is first mentioned in the lontar (palm leave manuscript), which deals with King Dewa Agung Jambe from Gel-Gel. This King has three sons, the first was named Sri Aji Wirya Sirikan, who …

A Land in Bali
Mon, 7/05/07 – 16:05 | No Comment
A Land in Bali

A piece of land is not “just a piece of land” for Balinese, there is something in the land or place that is revered and sometimes feared by them. something unknown, mystical but produces significant …

A Balinese Folktale: Ragu
Sun, 6/05/07 – 8:32 | One Comment
A Balinese Folktale: Ragu

Sri Darmapuja, King of Jodyanegara, had a beautiful daughter named Rajaputri. One day she was looking out the watch-tower when she saw an incredibly beautiful youth standing among the crowd. She was so enchanted by …

Banana
Sat, 5/05/07 – 14:29 | 2 Comments
Banana

Banana (“biu” in Balinese) in Balinese life is a non-substitutable part, that have merged into the Balinese daily life and become a necessity whether for ceremonial purpose or secular one. Banana in Bali is usually …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Religion
Fri, 4/05/07 – 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, …

On Crossroad
Thu, 3/05/07 – 17:03 | No Comment
On Crossroad

Crossroad is one of many revered and feared spot in Bali. offering are given to the spirits who dwell on that crossroad sometimes a statue is erected as a symbolization to honor the spirit in …

The Throne of God
Wed, 2/05/07 – 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 …

Kelapa Luxury Villas, Gili Trawangan
Wed, 2/05/07 – 16:21 | No Comment
Kelapa Luxury Villas, Gili Trawangan

Kelapa Luxury Villas, hidden in a coconut plantation on the north-west corner of Gili Trawangan – West Nusa Tenggara, will provide you with the ultimate paradise, an idyllic tropical private retreat within a short distance …

Kulkul: Binder of Balinese Wills
Tue, 1/05/07 – 16:05 | No Comment
Kulkul: Binder of Balinese Wills

Tung…tung…tung, the sound of kulkul sweeps the rice fields and rows of Balinese house compounds. Farmers stop their harvest works; officers stop their typing; all Balinese stop their activities and listen carefully to the rhythm …