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Friday, 16 May 2008

Bali Culture and Features

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Balinism : After the world, the mountains and the cardinal directions were created, and there were trees and flowers, a god made four human beings out of red earth, whom he provided with utensils to work with and houses to live in. Here, let's realize How the cycle life of Balinese. Hence we will known.

The Banjar, Social Hub of Village Life :
Bali is not a place where each seeks his own - it is a place that requires collective participation in almost every aspect of political, social, economic, and religious life. The extended family itself acts like a social organization, but beyond that the most immediate and intimate organization for every Balinese is the banjar.

Calonarang
Calonarang drama first appeared in fourteenth century Java, but it gained poplularity in nineteenth century Bali, Calonarang existed in Gianyar district in 1825.
Caste and Clan
Of all the aspects of Hinduism, Caste is the least understood and the most execrated. Caste is the social codification of dharma. Clan provides yet another social structure in Bali, sometimes overlapping caste division, sometimes forming a separate but equal network.

Cock Fighting
Cockfighting is a very old tradition in Bali, and before the Indonesian government banned gambling in 1981 the sport attracted huge crowds to the public wantilan arenas.

Family Life
In the real life on the island is not all spectacle as draws to the visitor's attention to large. People spend most of their time at home, doing the thousand-and-one trivial things that occupy families the world over.

Toothfiling
The ceremony is called matatah or mapandes or masanggih. Sometimes the Indonesian "potong gigi"-"to cut teeth" will be used. It is an important category of the Panca Yadna ("Five Rituals") that every Balinese Hindu absolutely must have performed to insure an orderly transition of his or her spirit from birth to death and later reincarnation.

Topeng Balinese Dance
Topeng traces its roots to the golden ages of India and Java. The soties are about the early kingdoms of Bali and Java and serve to preserve genealogical histories for modern Balinese.

Witchcraft and Magic
Magic is an important aspect of Balinese culture that penetrates almost every act and through of most of Balinese people. Yet it is something that the casual visitor to Bali will probably never realize even exists.

Traditional Balinese Orchestra
Visitors to Bali almost always come away with the sounds of the unigue and flamboyant gamelan ringing in their ears. The tradition of the gamelan is certainly an old one. But nothing in Bali sutvives unchanged for long.

The Balinese Languages
we're in Bali it is not enough to speak Balinese like a native. To know aome basic linguistic rules and pronunciation hints, is to look some aspects of the language that offer clues to Balinese culture and society.

Rice and Ritual
In Bali a complex governmental and village infrastructure organizes and supervises rice growing and irrigation, and a large body or religious observations, prayers, ceremonies, offerings, festivals, and obligations penetrate all aspects of Balinese rice farming. Rice and rice ritual occupy a major portion of the time, energy, and money of the people of Bali.

Food and Spices
Bali has own character of cuisine's menus. It isn't far from the sea, and so fish is another source of protein. The favorite variety, or at least the cheapest, is dried or salted fish, if one lives away from the sea.

Drama Mask
Drama masks are used in four traditional Balinese dramas and processions (:Topeng, Barong, Wayang Wong, Calonarang). Their types used in this dramas depict humans, animals, and demons.

Religion
There are the family temples that Bali Hindus have temple in their homes. Each temple holds a festival, that range from a simple affair in a family home to a lengthy celebration with many performances and offerings attended by worshippers from all over the island.

Women
Women traditional Balinese Drama details of female characters supply the romiantic interest and, in the case of the Condong, a lady in waiting, an element of humor.

Topeng
Topeng is an important teaching device used to communicate history, philosophy, and moral standards in an entertaining manner. The most popular of topeng is topeng pajegan. As a Balinese word referring to one person enacting the roles of several characters, essentially a one-man show, through which the actor/dancers establishes his expertise.

Wayang Wong
The Wayang Wong is performed annually, usually in conjunction with the birthday celebration of the puta desa, the ancestral temple in each village.

The Exoticism of Eco-tourism
Tourists do not just come to enjoy the cultural attractions but also the beautiful geography of Bali. Besides, eco-tourism also has a part in the allure of Bali.

Flora and Fauna
Bali is part of an archipelago that has diverse flora and fauna. Wildlife, physical geography, many kind of Birds & plants, fruits, will be found in Bali.

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