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The Birthday of Implements (Tumpek Landep)
Saturday, 7 May, 2011 – 7:20 | 2 Comments
The Birthday of Implements (Tumpek Landep)

Today Balinese celebrate Tumpek Landep ceremony. The Tumpek Landep, is a holyday dedicated to the Sanghyang Pasupati, the God of steel implements especially the weapon that has been “pasupati-ed”, or invested with magical power. On …

Compromise in Bali
Saturday, 25 Dec, 2010 – 6:50 | 2 Comments
Compromise in Bali

There is always a room to compromise or haggle on virtually anything in Bali. An example of a typical Balinese compromise is a compromise in ritual, Balinese ritual is not a dead set that …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Hinduism as Belief
Wednesday, 15 Dec, 2010 – 4:58 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Balinese Hinduism as Belief

Here is an interesting piece of writing on Balinese Hinduism as a belief taken from Scott A Johnsen’s thesis which is entitled From Royal House to Nation: The Construction of Hinduism and Balinese Ethnicity In …

Penyekeban Galungan (The Beginning of a Battle)
Sunday, 5 Dec, 2010 – 5:00 | One Comment
Penyekeban Galungan (The Beginning of a Battle)

Today, Redite Paing Dungulan, is the day of Panyekeban Galungan, According to Gregorian calendar falls on December 5, 2010. Here is previous article’s featuring that event:
Galungan, a Balinese celebration to commemorate the victory of Dharma …

Melasti: Throwing Impurity and Taking Holy Water of Life
Saturday, 13 Mar, 2010 – 6:07 | 2 Comments
Melasti: Throwing Impurity and Taking Holy Water of Life

Three days before Nyepi, Balinese new year is celebrated a melasti must be performed. Melasti, according to the ancient scripture of Sundari Gama and Swamandala is “melasti ngarania ngiring prewatek dewata anganyutaken laraning jagat, …

Subak
Saturday, 6 Mar, 2010 – 5:01 | One Comment
Subak

Rice is the staple diet of the Balinese and a great deal of effort goes into sustaining this vital food source. Past generations of farmers have painstakingly transformed pockets of natural landscape into the most …

Instruction for the Trees: Tumpek Wariga
Saturday, 19 Sep, 2009 – 0:01 | No Comment
Instruction for the Trees: Tumpek Wariga

Today, 19/09/09, Balinese celebrate the birthday of the trees. This holiday is called Tumpek Wariga or Tumpek Pengarah. There are a lot some articles in this blog which describe how Balinese express their gratitude to …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: Traditional Balinese Religion
Thursday, 4 Jun, 2009 – 16:52 | One Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: Traditional Balinese Religion

Here is an interesting excerpt on traditional Balinese religion from Clifford Geertz’s article entitled “”Internal Conversion” in Contemporary Bali”.
As the Balinese are, in a broad sense, Hindus, one might expect that a significant part, at …

Lingsar Temple
Friday, 5 Sep, 2008 – 15:00 | One Comment
Lingsar Temple

Lingsar temple, at first glance, resembles any other Hindu temple in Bali and Lombok but if we take a closer look and find some information in relation with this temple, we will find that Lingsar …

Through the Eyes of Researcher: “Three Causes of Goodness: Environment in Balinese Hindu”
Thursday, 1 May, 2008 – 16:59 | No Comment
Through the Eyes of Researcher: “Three Causes of Goodness: Environment in Balinese Hindu”

Here is an interesting article on environment in Balinese Hindu by T. Nirarta Samadhi:
Two core conceptions within the Balinese Hindu thoughts which the respondents from seven desa adat in Gianyar regarded as addressing the existence …

The Villages of Tolerance
Tuesday, 25 Dec, 2007 – 15:37 | No Comment
The Villages of Tolerance

Besides the dim history on the carnage of PKI – Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesia Communist Party) in Jembrana regency there is another story of love and tolerance inside. This is on religions in Jembrana where …

Art of Bali
Thursday, 15 Nov, 2007 – 17:02 | No Comment
Art of Bali

“Balinese art is an indispensable part of Balinese religion, culture and life.”
“Art is identical with religion, art creativity is a performance of the religious teaching” this quotation indicates the unity of art and religion in …

Birthday Celebration for Puppets
Saturday, 20 Oct, 2007 – 11:53 | One Comment
Birthday Celebration for Puppets

Today, 10/20/07, Balinese-Hindu followers celebrate the birthday of the puppet, the sacred Tumpek Wayang day. The Tumpek Wayang takes its name from the name of week of its occasion. It is in the 27th week …

Bound by Obligation: To the gods
Wednesday, 17 Oct, 2007 – 12:35 | One Comment
Bound by Obligation: To the gods

“Obligation” is a notion that keeps Bali as it is, all socio-cultural activities of the Balinese are based on this notion. Temple ceremonies are held based on the obligations to the gods and ancestors. Big …

Through The Eyes of Researcher: Rituals as Religion, Rituals as Custom
Monday, 15 Oct, 2007 – 19:40 | No Comment
Through The Eyes of Researcher: Rituals as Religion, Rituals as Custom

Here is another interesting insight on Balinese religion from Scott Johnsen, the writing is taken from his thesis which is entitled “From Royal House to Nation”.
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Using photographs I had taken, a village official explained the …

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 Collective Cremation
Wednesday, 22 Aug, 2007 – 15:03 | One Comment
On Collective Cremation

Collective cremation season is on in Bali, dozens of collective cremation take place in eastern area of Bali especially in the regency of Gianyar, Klungkung and Bangli, some collective cremations also stage in Tabanan. Collective …

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. …

More on Balinese Religious Ceremony
Wednesday, 25 Jul, 2007 – 17:46 | No Comment
More on Balinese Religious Ceremony

Religious ceremony of Bali which is portrayed as a pompous celebration, full of festivity, beautiful decorations and lavish offerings by the travel guide book just a small piece of truth of the nature of Balinese …

Picking Up The Core of Peace and Happiness
Tuesday, 3 Jul, 2007 – 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 …

Religion and Environment Conservation in Bali
Friday, 11 May, 2007 – 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 Hinduism: A Living Organism
Friday, 27 Apr, 2007 – 16:54 | No Comment
Balinese Hinduism: A Living Organism

Balinese Hinduism is very much a living organism. It is alive. And the visible sign of it is its never-ending adaptation with the Desa (place), Kala (time), Patra (circumstance), the results of this adaptation is …

Balinese Family Temple
Wednesday, 11 Apr, 2007 – 16:21 | No Comment
Balinese Family Temple

Ancestors are very important to the Balinese. Each Balinese family has a family temple to worship God almighty and glorify the ancestor and of course, in this family temple ancestors worship is given a great …

Pilgrimage
Friday, 6 Apr, 2007 – 17:13 | No Comment
Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage, especially to the temple is an indispensable part of Balinese culture and religion. There is an indescribable joy in every Balinese face when they head to the temple especial a far off temple. It …

A Religion of Action
Wednesday, 28 Mar, 2007 – 16:04 | No Comment
A Religion of Action

Balinese religion, in a broad sense, Hindus, even among the priests, is concrete, action-centered, thoroughly interwoven with the details of everyday life, and touched with little, if any, of the philosophical sophistication or generalized concern …

Holy Water: The Backbone of Balinese Hinduism
Saturday, 10 Mar, 2007 – 14:22 | 2 Comments
Holy Water: The Backbone of Balinese Hinduism

The most important part of all Balinese ceremony is a Holy water. Holy water accompanies every act of Hindu-Balinese worship from individual devotion at household shrine to island-wide ceremonies. Holy water acts as an agent …

Perang Jempana “war of the gods”, Bugbug
Tuesday, 10 Oct, 2006 – 17:07 | No Comment
Perang Jempana “war of the gods”, Bugbug

This ritual occurs every two years on the full moon on the fourth month (October 7, 2006). The four villages (Bugbug, Ngis, Jasi and Bebandem) participate in a “war of the gods” which is in …

Saraswati Day – the Celebration of Knowledge
Saturday, 16 Sep, 2006 – 9:01 | 4 Comments
Saraswati Day – the Celebration of Knowledge

In Bali there are frequent ceremonies that celebrate the Hindu faith. Every day, according to the Balinese lunar calendar, has some significance that requires prayer and offerings to appease the Gods. Through religion and belief, …

Cremation in Bali
Friday, 8 Sep, 2006 – 15:47 | One Comment
Cremation in Bali

Without delving into the in-depth intricacies of the Hindu faith, the Balinese believe in reincarnation and upon death the body is merely a vessel for the soul whereby a series of complex rituals must be …

Coconut Palms – A Balinese Life Source
Wednesday, 17 May, 2006 – 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 …

The Run Down on Agung Rai’s Wedding Marathon
Tuesday, 4 Apr, 2006 – 14:59 | One Comment
The Run Down on Agung Rai’s Wedding Marathon

April 1, 2006
Here’s the run down on Agung Rai’s wedding marathon.
The invitation showed up days in advance…way earlier than the prescribed three days. Agung Rai and his father delivered it resplendent in Balinese costumes. The …

Rites of Passage
Wednesday, 15 Mar, 2006 – 16:14 | One Comment
Rites of Passage

Rites of passage are an important aspect of every Balinese Hindu’s life and invariably coincide with a physical event such as birth, puberty and marriage. Each rite is marked by a ceremony and elaborate offerings. …