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Tugeh: Beauty and Meaning

Aside of being famous for its nature and performing arts, Bali also has an architectural art that is no less remarkable. Traditional Balinese architecture has its own principles regarding the layout, size, location, and alignment of every building in the courtyard, so as to meet the aesthetic value and function of each building. One of [...]

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

Beji Guwang: The Hidden Spring

Nestling in a secret place, the Hidden Canyon is a special travel destination for local and foreign visitors. The Hidden Canyon is called Beji Guwang by local villagers. Beji means ‘sacred spring’, while Guwang is the name of the village where this beautiful secret place is found. It is close to Sukawati Art Market, located [...]

April 22nd, 2017|Culture, Keramas|0 Comments

A Procession of Holy Water at the Pura Dalem Desa Guwang Temple

As the sunlight turns red in the afternoon, a long line of Balinese sons and daughters dressed in traditional attire form a colorful picture along the road from the Pura Dalem of Guwang Village. Many people gather to witness the joy of Guwang villagers presenting their gratitude to God through the ancient rite called Mepeed [...]

April 14th, 2017|Culture, Keramas|0 Comments

Udeng – The Timeless Style of Balinese Men

What you wear tells who you are. Bali, Men and Style — the words lead us directly to the subject of Balinese attire for men. As belief and culture play an essential role in determining traditional Balinese dress, every item of traditional Balinese clothing has meaning. Male and female dress calls for a kamen (a [...]

April 1st, 2017|Culture|0 Comments

Ngembak Geni – A New Light for A Better Future

Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang (After the darkness, the light will come) This line from R.A. Kartini (1970–1904), Indonesia’s famous woman activist, is sometimes used to express the meaning of ngembak geni. In Balinese, the word ngembak means 'free' and geni means 'fire'. Thus ngembak geni means ‘free to use fire again’, after abstinence from lighting [...]

March 25th, 2017|Culture|0 Comments

Pura Tirta Selukat: a Spring That Breathes History

Tirta is life, tirta is blessing, tirta is healing. For Hindu Balinese, tirta is infinitely precious. Literally, tirta means 'water' in Balinese; but it has a deeper common meaning: holy water—that is, spring water that has been transformed by a priest with mantra, flowers, incense, and the ringing of a bell into a vehicle for [...]

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

Balinese Performing Art: Dance And Drama

Visitors might be forgiven for thinking that Balinese dance is all about tourism, since the performances they are likely to see are those produced for tourists. But in fact Balinese dances grow out of village traditions, and they still thrive in many villages where tourists scarcely even pass through. They are performed by the villagers [...]

July 4th, 2016|Culture|0 Comments

Introducing The Village of Keramas

The village of Keramas, some 15 kilometers southeast of Ubud on the coast, needs no introduction among Balinese. It is famous for its Arja, a form of dance-opera in which the players must be skilled not only in dance and the classical forms of sung poetry but also — and this is important — great [...]

June 9th, 2016|Culture, Keramas, Travel|0 Comments

Pecalang

You may have seen some rather sexy looking guys in black T-shirts and black & white checkered hip cloths directing traffic at a cremation or temple festival. They are Bali’s traditional security guard, or pecalang. In Bali’s “age of kings” pecalang belonged to the royal courts and were known as “palace spies.” Today they belong [...]

May 21st, 2016|Culture|0 Comments