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Rainy Season = Wedding Season
Friday, 25 Sep, 2009 – 12:36 | 3 Comments
Rainy Season = Wedding Season

Rainy season finally comes, though a little bit late this year; some say global warming upset the schedule of the seasons but that is totally beyond my capability to comment on so I will just …

Through the eyes of researcher: Balinese Public Titles
Friday, 24 Apr, 2009 – 17:10 | No Comment
Through the eyes of researcher: Balinese Public Titles

Here is an interesting excerpt on Balinese Public Titles taken from Clifford Geertz’s writing entitled “Person, Time, and Conduct in Bali : The Social Nature of Thought”, that will give you an interesting insight on …

Marriage Proposal a la Balinese
Wednesday, 4 Feb, 2009 – 17:43 | 2 Comments
Marriage Proposal a la Balinese

For Balinese, a marriage proposal can be a delicate matter that need to be handled carefully and of course can not be the business of the happy couple alone, it is a family business and …

Balinese Wedding Reception
Friday, 16 Jan, 2009 – 17:28 | 2 Comments
Balinese Wedding Reception

Wedding reception is quite a new thing for Balinese since in Balinese traditional ceremony there is no such a thing as wedding reception. But Balinese cope quite fast with these emerging trend, nowadays, Balinese couple …

“Night” in Balinese Point of View
Tuesday, 26 Feb, 2008 – 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, …

Hell a la Balinese
Saturday, 16 Feb, 2008 – 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 …

A Bit of Soeharto’s Legacy in Bali
Monday, 4 Feb, 2008 – 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 …

Omen and House Compound
Thursday, 31 Jan, 2008 – 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 …

Law and Justice
Friday, 25 Jan, 2008 – 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 …

Sin Can Kill
Monday, 14 Jan, 2008 – 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 …

Preference of Borrowing Money
Friday, 28 Dec, 2007 – 16:38 | No Comment
Preference of Borrowing Money

Before going further on this short article I would like to tell you a place which becomes the setting on this article. It is Banjar Belanjong, a small area in Sanur. If you ever heard …

Bazaar a la Balinese
Monday, 3 Dec, 2007 – 17:34 | No Comment
Bazaar a la Balinese

As far as we know, in general bazaar is done by selling goods, foods, or sometimes items made by hand. It is normally sold with low price to attract people. Based on the Oxford Dictionary …

Balinese Monster and Scary Creatures
Wednesday, 28 Nov, 2007 – 15:51 | One Comment
Balinese Monster and Scary Creatures

Speaking about monster or scary creatures, Egyptians have their mummy, Pennsylvanians boast of their Dracula, but what do Balinese have? Since Leak is technically a human who change their shape into various other scary creatures …

Determining Character Based on Caka Lunar Calendar
Thursday, 22 Nov, 2007 – 16:13 | No Comment
Determining Character Based on Caka Lunar Calendar

Constellation of star is believed to influence on the character of a person who is born under it. Zodiac plays important role in western civilization in predicting someone character and talent while in Bali it …

People of Bali
Tuesday, 13 Nov, 2007 – 15:21 | No Comment
People of Bali

The Balinese are just one of Indonesia’s 250 ethnic groups. Like most Indonesians they are a blend of races, with the accent on the deutero-malayan race of Central and East Java, with traces, of Polynesian …

The Old Good Song of Advice
Wednesday, 7 Nov, 2007 – 17:16 | No Comment
The Old Good Song of Advice

Song of advice is a genre of traditional song that contains a wise advice in each song. The song of advice usually enact a setting in which the parents give an advice to their children …

Through The Eyes of Researcher: Balinese View on Violence
Saturday, 3 Nov, 2007 – 13:27 | No Comment
Through The Eyes of Researcher: Balinese View on Violence

Mark Hobart in his thesis entitled “Violence as Social Institution” has an interesting insight on Balinese concept of violence. Here is the part of his thesis which deals with Balinese concept of violence.
What is violence? …

The Philosophy of Balance
Thursday, 11 Oct, 2007 – 15:22 | No Comment
The Philosophy of Balance

It is critical for the Balinese to assure harmonious balance in everything they come in contact with, so that their entire world works to perpetuate their way of life. Existence in the Balinese world, for …

On Eclipse
Wednesday, 10 Oct, 2007 – 13:19 | One Comment
On Eclipse

Every civilization on the face of earth developed its own tale on the cause of eclipse and Balinese has its own version on the cause of the eclipse, and developed a unique practice during an …

Games of Chance
Tuesday, 9 Oct, 2007 – 14:30 | No Comment
Games of Chance

Humans invent various games of chance to satisfy their needs of gambling, Balinese are no exception. Bali is no gambler paradise compare to Las Vegas, Monte Carlo or Macau. In fact, the Indonesian government has …

Through The Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Time
Saturday, 6 Oct, 2007 – 12:24 | One Comment
Through The Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Time

Here is an interesting article on Balinese time by Clifford Geertz.
Balinese calendrical notions–their cultural machinery for demarcating temporal units–reflect this clearly; for they are largely used not to measure the elapse of time, nor yet …

A Glimpse on Dr. A.A. Made Djelantik’s Life
Wednesday, 3 Oct, 2007 – 16:37 | One Comment
A Glimpse on Dr. A.A. Made Djelantik’s Life

Dr. A.A. Made Djelantik was born on July 21st 1919 in Karangasem Regency, Bali. His father was Anak Agung Bagus Djelantik, Stedehouder von Karangasem and was dubbed A.A. Anglurah Ketut Karangasem in 1939. His mother …

The Adventure of Clifford and Hildred Geertz
Friday, 28 Sep, 2007 – 14:42 | No Comment
The Adventure of Clifford and Hildred Geertz

Here a nice piece on Clifford and Hildred Geertz experience when dealing with Balinese.
Early in April of 1958, my wife and I arrived, malarial and diffident, in a Balinese village we intended, as anthropologists, to …

Dealing with Balinese 1
Thursday, 27 Sep, 2007 – 14:30 | No Comment
Dealing with Balinese 1

In general the Balinese are very frank in actions that would be out of question among us, such as clearing the throat, spitting, and so forth. These are perfectly normal actions no one needs to …

Our Thoughts for Dr. Djelantik
Friday, 21 Sep, 2007 – 9:00 | One Comment
Our Thoughts for Dr. Djelantik

In May 2006 Ann Bouwma and I stayed at the Lion Villa, one of the Tirta Ayu Villas in Tirtagangga. The beautiful gardens and lovely Balinese people gave us a sense of belonging. When Dr. …

On Comet
Saturday, 8 Sep, 2007 – 13:49 | No Comment
On Comet

The appearance comet is not just an ordinary astrological phenomenon to the Balinese; it is an omen, a prophecy of what will happen in the future. Most of the Balinese believe that the appearance of …

On Joke
Monday, 13 Aug, 2007 – 14:22 | No Comment
On Joke

There is nothing in the realm of conversation that Balinese love more than a good joke. A “good joke” in Balinese standard may sometimes sound off-color, rude, or ribald in westerner’s ears, since it puts …

Magecel: A Unique Balinese Pastime
Saturday, 11 Aug, 2007 – 13:34 | One Comment
Magecel: A Unique Balinese Pastime

Magecel is a unique Balinese pastime which strongly related to cockfighting. Magecel can be defined as an activity of fondling and exercising fighting cock. As any activity in Bali, magecel is done collectively; sometimes four …

Modern Balinese Calendar
Thursday, 9 Aug, 2007 – 17:08 | No Comment
Modern Balinese Calendar

No Balinese in his right mind will hold a ceremony without consulting a calendar for an auspicious day for the execution of the ceremony, and the best calendar for determining a good day for ceremony …

In the Edge of Extinction: Betel Chewing
Tuesday, 7 Aug, 2007 – 15:14 | No Comment
In the Edge of Extinction: Betel Chewing

Betel chewing in Bali is an old pastime; nowadays, only the senior citizens enjoy this pastime. Betel chewing is definitely affordable to everyone since the ingredients that are needed can be easily obtained in the …

Ritual and Efficiency
Thursday, 2 Aug, 2007 – 11:22 | No Comment
Ritual and Efficiency

Rituals and ceremonies have become indispensable part of Balinese daily life. It seems that in their life, Balinese witness, attend, participate and organize a never-ending series of rituals and ceremonies in their life. These rituals …

The Revival of Balinese Language
Wednesday, 1 Aug, 2007 – 16:45 | No Comment
The Revival of Balinese Language

Balinese language, nowadays, is experiencing a rapid revival from a hibernating condition before the establishment of regional autonomy. Before the regional autonomy is established, it was used to be taboo to use Balinese in schools …

Another Source of Thrill
Monday, 30 Jul, 2007 – 15:41 | No Comment
Another Source of Thrill

Like any other people, Balinese are also thrill-seekers, enjoy watching others take great risks and live to tell the tale, although Balinese have no tradition of wire walking or high diving or other dangerous athletic …

Hierarchy in Bali
Saturday, 28 Jul, 2007 – 14:13 | One Comment
Hierarchy in Bali

Hierarchy is an important notion in Bali and still plays a dominant role in Balinese culture. In Bali, hierarchy is believed to be the foundation of order in the family, society, even in the universe. …

Knowledge for All!
Tuesday, 24 Jul, 2007 – 14:38 | No Comment
Knowledge for All!

Balinese Hinduism nowadays is fighting a negative stigma “ritual without essence” in religious practices in Bali. Balinese do their religion, attend ritual, and hold temple anniversary or countless other ceremonies without any knowledge on the …

Being Balinese
Saturday, 21 Jul, 2007 – 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 as Audience
Thursday, 12 Jul, 2007 – 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
Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2007 – 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 …

Ngayah: Workforce Behind Every Ceremony
Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2007 – 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
Monday, 9 Jul, 2007 – 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 …