the old culture from balinese and all i know will show in this blog

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Culture dance

Culture :
Families are so close in Bali that each member , be it brother/brother-in-law , sister/sister-in-law , mother & father, uncle & aunt all reside in the same complex. The family dwellings are surrounded by a boundary wall and inside these walls are contained the family temple , commune area , sleeping quarters , vegetable gardens and live stock. Most have several coconut trees and at least one coffee tree. ( Ever heard of Java coffee. )

Bali's culture is based on a form of Hinduism called "Hindu Darma" which is believed to have arrived on the island during the 11th century. This religion plays a heavy part in the family customs and community lifestyle but is a world away from that of India's Hindu. Its influence expands extensively into the arts, which gives Bali its individuality from the rest of Indonesia. The Balinese have managed to preserve their culture despite the ever increasing number of tourists to the island. geckobttn4.gif - 1418 Bytes

Each stage of Balinese life is marked by a series of ceremonies and rituals known as Manusa Yadnya. The first ceremony of Balinese life takes place even before birth. Another ceremony takes place soon after the birth, during which the afterbirth is buried with appropriate offerings. The first major ceremony takes place halfway through the baby's first Balinese year of 210 days.(At the other end of things )A Balinese cremation can be an amazing, spectacular, colorful, noisy and exciting event. In fact it often takes so long to organise a cremation that years have passed since the death. During that time the body is temporarily buried while an auspicious day is chosen for the cremation. Since a big cremation can be very expensive , less wealthy people may take the opportunity of joining in at a larger cremation , sending their own dead on their way at the same time.

Nearly every native of Bali , is an artist in some form or another. These skills are taught to them at an early age by their parents and villagers , who spend their free time making religiously oriented decorations which are placed at many shrines in public areas, paddy fields or in the their homes and place of business. Even in the streets , you will come across these offerings to the gods , so please be respectful and watch where you walk.

Balinese Architecture is said to have two roots , One is from the Hindu religion brought to the area from India via Java and the other is said to be indigenous to the island pre-dating the sweep of Hinduism and said to resemble Polynesian style. This may be seen in bali's temples and places of worship. ( A stone wall dividing its sacred area's from the village much like Hawaiian and Tahitian design )