Shivaratri or Siwaratri, literally means 'Shiva Nights', is Balinese Hindu's holy day to ask for forgiveness to the God (Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa). Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods in Hindu. The holy day of Siwaratri is as well illustrated as redemption night to contemplate all the sins Balinese did.

January 13th, 2018|Culture|0 Comments

Plucking the Fruits of Heaven – The Art of Karma

Memetik Buah Surga (Plucking the Fruits of Heaven) is a masterpiece of sculpture in merbau wood, created by the Balinese artist, Pande Ketut Taman and his team in 2009. It tells of the life cycle of the soul through many reincarnations, with the aim of achieving moksa—union with the God the Creator, the ultimate freedom.

December 30th, 2017|Culture, Komaneka|0 Comments


Hari Raya Kuningan is a Balinese Hindu holy day which is held ten days after Galungan, celebrating the victory of dharma (good) over adharma. It is believed that on Galungan day, the gods and deified ancestors descend to the world to give their blessings and that they return to their world on Kuningan at noon. Therefore the prayers on Kuningan are held before 12 pm.

November 13th, 2017|Culture|0 Comments

Tawur Agung Kesanga – For Balance with The Universe and The Unseen

Balance arises through respect and awareness. The Hindu Balinese people practice respect and awareness through their rituals, or yadnya, in which offerings are made to the unseen energies of the universe, both high and low. Dewa yadnya, for example, are rituals addressed to deities, while buta yadnya are directed to ground spirits associated with disruptive forces. One spectacular example of buta yadnya is the Tawur Agung Kesanga.

March 25th, 2017|Culture|0 Comments

Why a Kori Bang?

Kori Bang, which means 'red door', is the symbol of Komaneka at Bisma. Here is the story behind it.

March 18th, 2017|Culture, Komaneka|0 Comments

Bali’s Rice Field – Carved Earth for the Rice Goddess

A field of corn is what it is, but Bali’s rice fields (called sawah) are fascinating for their beauty and the rich lore of rice-growing. Because the topography of the land is steep and hilly, the fields are terraced and contoured to perfectly fit the shape of land, allowing cultivation on steep slopes.

July 26th, 2016|Culture, Komaneka|0 Comments

Farewell En Masse in Ubud

Ubud will hold a mass cremation for nearly a hundred people on Saturday, 16 July 2016. For weeks, the villagers of Ubud's four core neighborhoods, or banjar, have been busy with preparations — making offerings and creating fantastical animal statues that will be the funeral biers. They have built a temporary ritual 'village' next to the graveyard where many tender rites will precede and follow the burning itself.

July 15th, 2016|Culture|0 Comments

Balinese Culture and Ritual

As you travel through Bali, you may see bell-shaped, open-weave baskets lined up along the grassy roadside. These are guwung, baskets for fighting cocks. Another place you may see them (but empty) is in the spacious reception hall at Komaneka Bisma, where they are displayed for their airy aesthetic beauty.

June 27th, 2016|Culture|0 Comments

A 1930s Feature Film of Bali

Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935) is a full-length drama shot in Tampaksiring, Bali in Technicolor with a fully Balinese cast. It gives an extraordinary glimpse of the landscapes, rites, dances, temple and village architecture, customs, and dress (or lack of it) in the lost golden age of Bali in the 1930s.

June 3rd, 2016|Culture|0 Comments