An eclipse is a natural but sometimes frightening event, whose ancient explanation is found in myths around the world. In Bali, the eclipse is often depicted in traditional art in the story of Kala Rau. A demonic head is seen devouring the sun or the moon.
Frangipani, known as kamboja in Indonesian, belongs to the genus Plumeria. This flower is originally from Central America, but has been widely found in many other countries, including Indonesia. Of the many types of flowers that have aesthetic value and benefits, the frangipani has long been identified with Bali.
The word Nyepi derives from sepi which means 'silence' or 'emptiness'. In Bali, Nyepi is a ritual in which the entire island observes silence and austerities for 24 hours. It takes place every year on the new moon of the new year on the Saka calendar, around the time of the spring equinox. This year it falls on 28 March 2017.
The owner of Komaneka Resorts believes that art is part of life and especially of Komaneka. Paintings, statues, wood carvings—every detail of Komaneka breathes art and culture. Shall I tell you the story behind our precious Candi Bajang Ratu?
And yet in the midst of this glorious, low-tech ease with the natural world, they had a tremendously complex music, with child dancers dressed in brocades and gilded head-dresses performing impossibly difficult dances. And all this for the Gods!
Imagine a day spent in grand, quiet surroundings in the company of fine art, cooled by shady gardens. Ubud’s museums are a wonderful escape from the noise of the street and the visual clutter of tourist merchandise. They provide a haven for thought and discovery, and are an excellent way to explore the soul and inner mystery of Bali as revealed in its art works.
You can do all sorts of things with your sarong on the beach or in your bedroom — but if you want to be properly dressed at a Balinese ceremony, you should know how to wear your sarong. In Balinese, the sarong is called a kamen (kah-mun).
On the edge of the lush valley in Sanggingan, Ubud is the Neka Art Museum complex, with one of the most important collections of Balinese art on the island and the first keris museum in the nation. Founded in 1982 by the Ubud-born art collector Pande Wayan Suteja Neka (better known as Suteja Neka), it was guided in inspiration by Neka's friendship with two Dutch painters who had long lived in Bali, Rudolf Bonnet (1895–1978) and the late Arie Smit (1916–2016).
The lives of the Balinese are inseparable from various ceremonial activities. The ceremonies are expression of devotion to the Creator (Hyang Widhi) and to the ancestors, and as an expression of thankfulness to the nature and environment. The exact dates of the ceremonies, whether in pura (temple) for Odalan, weddings, house construction, are determined and [...]