Ashes to Ashes The road to the cremation ground is crammed with a slow-moving sea of people; a procession of hundreds bearing a towering wadah - the tall, tiered, bamboo pagoda which contains the body of the deceased - and a lembu - the sarcophagus symbolising the bull that leads the soul to heaven. Whenever the crowd procession reaches a crossroad, the wadah and the lembu is spun around three times as the bleganjur - the plodding, musical accompaniment to the cremation rite - reaches its crescendo, as if to insist that any feelings of sorrow must relent to the ultimate joy of the occasion.
No island is a culture unto itself Bali is certainly no exception in this regard. While there is no questioning the cultural integrity of the Balinese, one must also note their remarkable diversity that mirrors the greater whole of Indonesian culture and society. As many as 3000 years ago, the ancestors of the present-day Indonesians began sailing proud, ocean-worthy outrigger canoes west to Madagascar, off East Africa, and north to what is now known as Taiwan.
On Live the Banjar It could be argued that there is no real urban Bali. What appear as cities are really just collections of banjars - small communities bound by religion and a local brand of communalism.
Out of the frying pan When guests of state visit Bali, they are welcomed, on their descent from the plane, by a troupe of young, female, petal-scattering panyembrahma dancers. In their practiced tourism smiles, that symbol of Balinese hospitality, these dancers reveal no trace of the histories of their forebears - the topless women who aroused the happy-snapping tourists early this century, or the king’s widows who, as witnessed by the first western visitors to Bali three centuries ago, were sacrificed in elaborate cremations ceremonies.
Kulkul When one of our people dies, the kulkul in the village hall is struck. Its strong resound reaches right to the villages most far flung corners, permeating even the narrowest alleys, and carrying with it a gently sorrow that brushes all with a sense of grief. It sucks us from our houses and has us anxiously enquiring as to who it is who has been released from calamity, temptation and other such earthly torments.
The Daily Life of The Balinese The balinese, especially those who follow the Hindu religion, are a unique people. There uniqueness is event more apparent when it is adapted to the lifestyle of the third millennium. As a krama, or as a member of a village attending a traditional meeting in the village, a Balinese can appear ‘nyaput’, wearing their traditional costume, even is just previously, they may have been in a meeting business partner, wearing neck-ties and suit in an exlusive hotel.
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People of Bali As a community, the people of Bali are tied to the social and cultural aspects of life by what they call the Tri Hita Karana, which proclaims one’s duty to live a spiritual life as atma (spirit), the duty to look after one’s habitat and habitual areas as angga (body), and the duty of carrying out one’s living as a member of an interconnected community, as khaya (labor).
Ogoh Ogoh An Ogoh Ogoh is made from a wood frame with bamboo strips intricately weaved to form the body which is then covered with papier mache. Nowadays, in order to make the effigy bigger and stronger it has become the practice to use a metal framework, wire mesh and sponge.
Subak Rice is the staple diet of the Balinese and a great deal of effort goes into sustaining this vital food source. Past generations of farmers have painstakingly transformed pockets of natural landscape into the most intricate network of rice terraces and canals.
Ogoh Ogoh on process An Ogoh Ogoh is made from a wood frame with bamboo strips intricately weaved to form the body which is then covered with papier mache.
Guidelines for the Culturally Sensitive Guest The Balinese people are very open to sharing their unique cultural heritage and the spiritual wisdom they have nurtured over centuries. Visitors to Bali will be warmly welcomed to most temples and ceremonies. There are, however, certain codes of conduct that visitors should follow to offer respect for the Balinese and their culture.
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Balinese Shadow Puppets "These shadow puppets are used in the creation of plays, where the characters are the shadows cast by these puppets, on a rice paper screen. The light source is usually a flickering candle or oil lamp"
Puri Manik Cottages is located at Hanoman Street, Padang tegal, Ubud on 300 meter square of land close to Central Ubud and Monkey Forest is on easy walking distance. Puri Manik Cottages is right in the middle of various tourism facilities such as restaurants, boutiques, art shop and community center and can be easily accesed from Airport, Denpasar and all corners of Ubud, a strategic premium location in the midst of Ubud's tourism activities.
Puri Manik Cottages features two-storied Balinese houses and cottage style houses that are completely walled in and it also has restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gallery and art shop.
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