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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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The Ancient Survival: The Bali Aga
Wed, 14/06/06 – 12:36 | One Comment
The Ancient Survival: The Bali Aga

At one time the island was populated by pure Indonesians, an ancient people who filed and blackened their teeth. They lived in small communities, family clans ruled by a council of elders who acted as …

Balinese Sweet Treats
Mon, 12/06/06 – 15:32 | One Comment
Balinese Sweet Treats

The Balinese are extremely partial to sweet treats and most households invariably have a selection of cakes for the family to snack on throughout the day. Apart from fruit, these colourful cakes are also an …

Mekare kare, Tenganan Village
Sun, 11/06/06 – 10:24 | 2 Comments
Mekare kare, Tenganan Village

Symbolic Mekare kare (duel between two young men, who is respective armed with two pieces of thorny pandanous leaves on the right hand and an armour made of plaited rattan on the left), held at …

The 28th Annual Bali Arts Festival 2006
Sat, 10/06/06 – 13:31 | One Comment
The 28th Annual Bali Arts Festival 2006

The Annual Bali Arts Festival provides an opportunity for the artists and people to develop, explore, preserve, and accommodate various talents through such activities as parades, performances, contests, exhibition, and discussions.
The Bali Arts Festival is …

Sawah
Sat, 10/06/06 – 12:37 | One Comment
Sawah

Flooded irrigated fields of stalk rice; deep mud artificially constructed (often terraced) and continuously cultivated with rice.
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Sembiran
Fri, 9/06/06 – 12:59 | No Comment
Sembiran

One of Bali’s oldest traditional villages, Sembiran lies 30 km east of Singaraja. Like many of Bali Aga villages, Sembiran is located high in the hills off the main coastal road. From Terminal Penarukan take …

Porosan, The Betelnut Quid
Fri, 9/06/06 – 11:39 | One Comment
Porosan, The Betelnut Quid

The colors, of the porosan – red for areca nut, green for betel leaf, and white for lime – represent Brahma, Wisnu, and Siwa, the three gods of Hindu Trimurti.
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Canang Sari
Fri, 9/06/06 – 11:13 | No Comment
Canang Sari

Canang Sari offerings differ in form and function depending on locality but in general are said to embody the essence or sari of human prosperity, a kind of repayment to the forces of the invisible …

Barong Landung
Thu, 8/06/06 – 11:57 | No Comment
Barong Landung

Large, tall puppets representing humanlike creatures, supported by a man who carries the puppet’s clothing and mask on a wooden frame over his head. This dance play is staged in an annual festival on Serangan …

Various use of Pis Bolong or Kepeng
Wed, 7/06/06 – 14:33 | No Comment
Various use of Pis Bolong or Kepeng

The panca datu, an important offering of iron, silver, copper, and gold, which is used to bless the foundation of an important building. Thus, even today, Pis bolong are associated with wealth. A single Pis …

Balinese Ceremonial Umbrellas – Tedung
Tue, 6/06/06 – 16:18 | One Comment
Balinese Ceremonial Umbrellas – Tedung

For auspicious occasions and holy Hindu ceremonies, the Balinese decorate their temple compounds with colourful umbrellas. In the Balinese dialect these umbrellas are known as ‘tedung’, which literally means ‘to guard’. The umbrellas are used …

Semar Pegulingan Course in London
Mon, 5/06/06 – 11:49 | No Comment
Semar Pegulingan Course in London

SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London) and three partners are once again offering around two dozen short summer courses in the performance of a variety of “world musics”.
The SOAS offerings are, …

Dokar
Sat, 3/06/06 – 12:35 | No Comment
Dokar

A light, two-wheeled pony cart, usually with two seats for four to six passengers, popular as transport to and from market in Denpasar and as tourist transportation in Kuta/Legian.
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Banyan
Sat, 3/06/06 – 12:11 | No Comment
Banyan

A fig or waringan tree whit writhing arteries which spread out 10-15 meters. Also buddha’s bo tree under which he received enlightenment. Its sturdy trunk, umbrella-shaped crown and cool shade symbolize physical protection and divine …

Bali Peduli Jogya
Fri, 2/06/06 – 16:06 | No Comment
Bali Peduli Jogya

Friends,
As we all aware major earth Quake has struck Jogyakarta ( Central Java ) and up to date the death has toll 5000 lives and still counting……For anyone on Bali who willing to help drop …

Prambanan Hindu Temple
Fri, 2/06/06 – 10:47 | No Comment
Prambanan Hindu Temple

One of Indonesia’s most famous tourist attractions, the Prambanan Hindu temple complex, is likely to be closed for months after being badly damaged in the earthquake, a conservation expert predicted.
It is unclear what impact the …

Lamak
Fri, 2/06/06 – 10:26 | No Comment
Lamak

A small temporary shrine of bamboo called a sanggah cucuk is always found beneath a panjor. Small offerings to the deities are placed here for as long as the penjor is in use. This shrine …

Jerimpen
Fri, 2/06/06 – 10:18 | No Comment
Jerimpen

Tall Jerimpen offerings, set in plaited baskets, are constructed around cylindrical bamboo frame and crowned by a large leaf sampian. Seen Jerimpen on procession of Pura Ulun Danu Batur ‘s temple festival.
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Kulkul
Thu, 1/06/06 – 16:45 | One Comment
Kulkul

A signal drum or bell that made from a hollow log with a slit down one side and is used as a summons to temple or Banjar event.
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Barong
Thu, 1/06/06 – 16:25 | No Comment
Barong

A mask and costume representing a mythical, supernatural creature; the most common barong has a costume that looks like a Chinese lion (barong ket) and is animated by two men, one manipulating the mask, the …

Rangda
Thu, 1/06/06 – 15:45 | No Comment
Rangda

Literally “widow”; Rangda is one of the two central figures in the barong play, representing the negative side of man; Rangda is also related to Durga, wife of Siwa, who represents his destructive side.
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Pis Bolong or Kepeng
Thu, 1/06/06 – 15:10 | No Comment
Pis Bolong or Kepeng

Small lead or bronze Chinese coins with a hole in the center used in offerings and as decoration in rituals. In the 19th and early 20th centuries the kepeng was the most wide-spread form of …

Pangerebongan
Wed, 31/05/06 – 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
Tue, 30/05/06 – 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 …

Bali SummerSchool: Deadline Extended Until June 1
Mon, 29/05/06 – 15:34 | No Comment
Bali SummerSchool: Deadline Extended Until June 1

Codarts Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Rotterdam
Bali SummerSchool Rotterdam 7-14 July 2006 Deadline Extended until June 1. After that date, a 20% late-registration fee will be added! In the intimate surroundings of the brand new …

Pura Pancering Jagat
Mon, 29/05/06 – 11:34 | No Comment
Pura Pancering Jagat

The main temple of Trunyan, Pura Pancering Jagat, is known locally as the ‘temple of the navel of the world’ and stands by an ancient banyan tree that is said to be over 1000 years …

Strong Indonesia Quake Kills Nearly 2,000
Sat, 27/05/06 – 18:34 | No Comment
Strong Indonesia Quake Kills Nearly 2,000

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia May 27, 2006 (AP)— A powerful earthquake flattened homes and buildings in central Indonesia early Saturday, killing nearly 2,000 people and injuring thousands more in the country’s worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami.
The …

Obituary: Marc Jurt
Sat, 27/05/06 – 11:58 | No Comment
Obituary: Marc Jurt

Marc Jurt 1955-2006
Marc was born in Neuchâtel (Switzerland) in 1955. At nineteen he enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in Geneva, specializing in the study of engraving. He quickly became very successful and …

Ngejot
Sat, 27/05/06 – 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 …

Kain Poleng
Fri, 26/05/06 – 11:57 | No Comment
Kain Poleng

Kain poleng refers to the black and white checkered cloth that is prominent throughout the island of Bali. In a symbolic context, this black and white fabric is a representation of good and evil in …

Pura Petilan Kesiman
Thu, 25/05/06 – 16:48 | One Comment
Pura Petilan Kesiman

Odalan (temple ceremony) on May 21, 2006
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Pura Petilan Pangrebongan, Kesiman village, east of Denpasar, know for Ngerebong special event, when a group of the temple-adherents being in trance, stab them self with Keris, …

Map of Serangan Island
Wed, 24/05/06 – 17:08 | One Comment
Map of Serangan Island

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 …

New Road Link Trunyan to Outsiders
Wed, 24/05/06 – 10:54 | No Comment
New Road Link Trunyan to Outsiders

These pictures were taken from about 1200 meters uphill and described the whole Trunyan village – very isolated as located in the foot of Mount Abang, the only access to other villages to use boat …

Reefs Conservation at Pemuteran
Sat, 20/05/06 – 12:42 | One Comment
Reefs Conservation at Pemuteran

Reefs worldwide are being destroyed by global warming, pollution, over fishing, bombing, and cyanide fishing. These events are killing our oceans. Bali is confronted with the same problems and often has less resources to combat …

Sacred Dances
Thu, 18/05/06 – 14:11 | 2 Comments
Sacred Dances

There are several dances which are considered more sacred that others: Rejang, Pasutri, Mendet, Baris Gede and Topeng Pajegan. These are usually performed in the innermost courtyard (Jeroan) of temple. Part of what makes “sacred” …

Jauk Dance
Thu, 18/05/06 – 12:23 | No Comment
Jauk Dance

A violent solo pantomime mask dance of a demonic warrior wearing a tall, pagoda like helmet.
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Coconut Palms – A Balinese Life Source
Wed, 17/05/06 – 16:38 | No Comment
Coconut Palms – A Balinese Life Source

To the western eye the mature coconut palm is the epitome of the tropics, but to the Balinese it merely represents a source of life. Every component of the palm – from its leaves, trunk …

Banjar
Tue, 16/05/06 – 16:42 | No Comment
Banjar

The entire island of Bali is sub-divided into unique village organizations of approximately 100 households each that are united under a common banner known as the banjar. Functioning as a community of close family members …

Tanah Lot Sea Temple
Mon, 15/05/06 – 11:47 | 2 Comments
Tanah Lot Sea Temple

One of Bali’s most recognized tourist destinations is Tanah Lot temple. Standing firmly on a rocky foundation just off the beachfront on the Tabanan coastline, Tanah Lot is captured vividly on postcards and travel brochures. …

Bella Rosa acclaimed as one of Indonesia’s best restaurants
Thu, 11/05/06 – 17:19 | No Comment
Bella Rosa acclaimed as one of Indonesia’s best restaurants

Bella Rosa Italian restaurant at Hotel Padma Bali has recently acclaimed as one of Indonesia’s best restaurants by Indonesia Tatler’s discerning readers. The restaurant is featured along with other 150 best restaurants from all …