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Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Bali Traditional

The culture of Bali is unique. People say that the Balinese people have reached self-content. It is not an exaggeration that when a Balinese is asked what heaven is like, he would say, just like Bali, without the worries of mundane life. They want to live in Bali, to be cremated in Bali when they die, and to reincarnate in Bali.

It does not mean that the Balinese resist changes. Instead, they adapt them to their own system. This goes back far in history. Prior to the arrival of Hinduism in Bali and in other parts of Indonesia, people practised animism. When Hinduism arrives, the practice of Hinduism is adapted to local practices. The brand of Hinduism practised in Bali is much different from that in India. Other aspects of life flow this way.

Traditional paintings, faithfully depicting religious and mythological symbolisms, met with Western and modern paintings, giving birth to contemporary paintings, free in its creative topics yet strongly and distinctively Balinese. Its dance, its music, and its wayang theaters , while have been continually enriched by contemporary and external artistry, are still laden with religious connotations, performed mostly to appease and to please the gods and the goddesses. Wood and stone carvings, gold and silver crafts parallel the development of paintings, gracefully evolving with external forces to enhance their characters. The batik of Bali owes its origin to Java, and inspired the development of ikat and double ikat.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Bali CEREMONY

INTRODUCTION TO CEREMONIES OF BALI

One of the things that made Bali, the island of the gods, famous are its many ceremonies. In whatever period of the year you visit Bali, you will always have enough opportunities to witness religious ceremonies- at the temples, at house compounds, and even on the streets.

INDEX OF CEREMONIES

The ceremony index will give you an overview of the calendar defined ceremonies of Bali in alphabetical order. Here you can click on the ceremony names to read a detailed description of the ceremonies.

CLASSIFICATION

The Hindu ceremonies, which are generally referred to as Upacara, are grouped in four specific 'Yadnya' classes (Catur Yadnya),

Bhuta Yadnya, performed for entities that are considered to be lower than mankind. > read more on bhuta yadnya ceremonies

Manusa Yadnya, performed for people. These are also known as the 'rites of passage'. > read more on manusa yadnya ceremonies
Pitra Yadnya, performed for the spirits of ancestors.
> read more on pitra yadnya ceremonies
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Dewa Yadnya, performed for entities that are considered to be higher than mankind, such as the dewa/dewi (manifestations of God). > read more on dewa yadnya ceremonies

balinese of Nature

JUST YOU AND NATURE ....

The stunning Lemukih Trekking Tour is a rare and unique opportunity to experience the traditional culture and the beautiful nature of North Bali.

The Lemukih Tour touches the atmosphere of a true jungle expedition adventure. It is organized for small private groups only. The tour is led by Ketut 'Bluey' Ariana, an experienced English speaking trekking guide.

The Trek starts around 8.30 in the morning, when you will be picked up by car at your hotel (Lovina area). The first stop is at the Pura Dalem of Jagaraga, a temple which is famous for its extraordinary stone carvings. Next you will visit a traditional gamelan instrument factory in the Sawan area, the cradle of 'gong kebyar' (the popular hectic gamelan music which is heared everywhere in Bali).


After these two cultural stops the actual trekking starts, when you leave the car with your guide to walk out into nature, following small foot tracks through rice paddies and coffee- and fruit plantations in the rain forest, with spectacular views all along the way.

After about an hour we'll have a short refreshment stop during which you can drink cool, fresh coconut milk, coffee and or tea with sweet Balinese goodies at the house of a local mountain farmer.


Then we will descend via a winding foot track down into the valley to trek to the five hugh waterfalls of Lemukih. During this part of the trek you will wade calve-deep through small jungle rivers. Once arrived at the waterfalls there is some time to relax and enjoy the scenery. If you like you can have a refreshing shower here at the waterfalls - so don't forget to bring your swimming suit!


After our visit to the waterfalls we will climb up again to visit the secluded cottage of a local coffee farmer where you can rest and relax for a while. Here you will also be served a hot lunch with refreshments.


After the lunch the last part of the Lemukih trekking tour starts. We will walk through idyllic sceneries to the pittoresque village of Sudaji. Here the car is waiting for you to drive you back to Lovina. Around 4.30 pm you will be back in your hotel.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Bali Religion

When you step your feet in Bali (Balinese people call it Gumi Bali) you feel religious atmosphere very much which is closely related with situation of Bali. It is hard to express the feeling in Bali, except by involving ourselves in it. The feeling flows strongly from the holy spring of Balinese with its estuary of Hindu Religion, as most of Balinese people adheres Hindu Religion.

Since beginning, Bali Island was created as an Island of God, the throne of Gods. Many people called God as Ida Bhatara. However, the essence known and inspired as the term NYA is Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa. If there is any term of Dewa or Bhatara, it is the manifestation of the greatness of God or Atman in Hindu perspective.

In conducting the essence of life, Balinese adhere Hindu Religion are supported with three basic concepts, namely: tattwa, susila, and upacara.

Tattwa

Tattwa includes Panca Sraddha, the five belief adhered by Hindu religion, such as :

1. Widhi Tattwa, the ceremony to Sang Hyang Widhi with all His dimensions.

2. Atma Tattwa, the belief with the existence of Atma, the soul providing life all human being.

3. Karmaphala, the belief of the existence of causal law of the behaviors. It means that every behavior has causal dimension to the behavior itself.

4. Punarbawa, the belief of reincarnation.

5. Moksa, the belief of the eternal life of the end of human journey where atman unites with Sang Hyang Widhi (paramatman).

In Hindu perspective, God is known as a term of Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, which means God, Almighty. The God is only one, though He has various names. From the various names of God, there are three which are well known by the adherers of Hindu in Bali, namely, Brahma, Visnu and Siva, which are called as Tri Murti.
Brahma is the Dimension of Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa as the creator (utpatti), Visnu is the manifestation of Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa as the caretaker (sthiti) and Siwa is the manifestation of Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa as the destroyer (praline). That's why Balinese believe that all the creation of Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa will face the cycle of birth, life and death.
The essence of power of Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa is expressed by every family of Hindu in Bali in Pemrajan, Sangah or the place of worshipping in every house, dadya, village as well as Jagad Bali.

Susila

Susila is the aspect of Hindu religion implementation organizing good and right behavior. The basic of Susila learning is Tattwam Asi. By applying the good and right instruction will produce harmonious and suitable interaction among the people. Even, in Hindu it is not only known the interaction among the people but also interaction between mankind and God and between mankind and nature as understood in the concept of Tri Hita Karana.

Tattwam Asi is meant as I is You, You is I. Thus, if we hurt other people, it means we also hurt ourselves. As in the Tattwam Asi concept, every human being is the same, as it is derived from the only paramatman.

The operational concept of susila with Tattwam Asi philosophy is expressed in Tri Kaya Parisuddha, or three good and right behavior, such as :
1. Manacika Parisuddha
2. Wacika Parisuddha
3. Kayika Parisuddha

Manacika is having a holy and right thinking. Wacika is having a good and right word. Kayika is having a good and right behavior. Thus, the concept of Tri kaya Parisuddha is having the right thinking, words and behavior.

Upacara

Upacara (Ceremony) in Hindu perspective is a kind yadnya (sacrifice) expressed in Panca Yadnya which consists of:

1. Dewa Yadnya is a holy sacrifice to Sang Hyang Widhi held in the form of ceremony in jagad, sad kahyangan and village temples.
2. Rsi Yadnya is a holy sacrifice to priests or holy persons by learning the holy books of Hindu and disseminates it.
3. Manusia Yadnya is a ceremony for people since their birth to adult. Visually, the implementation of manusia yadnya ceremony is also expressed by conducting myadnya for poor people, isfortune people and so forth.
4. Pitra Ydnya is a holy sacrifice for ancestors from funeral ceremony, cremation to the ceremony of ngasti and so forth.
5. Bhuta Yadnya is a holy sacrifice for evil spirit called bhuta. This ceremony is often expressed to somya the evil spirit immaterially. Materially, Bhuta Yadnya ceremony is also for the animals and plants by taking care of them.

Monday, 15 September 2008

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Saturday, 6 September 2008

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Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Bali Culture Guide

Everything you need to know about Balinese Culture
Bali Temples

Balinese Dance

Bali Festivals

The Bali Aga
Bali Temples Bali Dances Bali Festivals Bali Aga

Bali culture is totally unique and permeates through every aspect of life. The influence of Hinduism the main religion is evident in the music, drama, art, costumes and festivals which take place daily.

You'll encounter a festival almost every day, celebrating the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Anthropologists believe that the Balinese are descended from the ancient Chinese, the Indians and Arabs from the west, and others who came to the island directly or via Java.