Bali 56 A magical place

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Bali abounds in enigmas. It is frequently remarked that, for a culture so abundantly blessed with creativity, it is extraordinary that the Balinese language contains no word for 'Art'. This curious oversight may reflect the universality of artistic endeavor in Balinese society. That which in the West is taken as an expression of personal creative genius, in Bali is subjugated for the common good as part of a community's united efforts to entertain and gratify the gods

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  • Ulun Danu Bratan Temple by OtroPX, on Flickr
  • Canang Canang is a Balinese language refers to daily offering made of young coconut leaf in square form made by folding the leaf and skewered by bamboo. On this square form leaf we put colorful flowers, “porosan”, a litle dab of lime paste plus  tiny sliver of areca nut wrapped up in betel  leaf and fruits mostly a slice of sugar cane or banana. Stick of incense and water are needed when we offer this thanksgiving expression to God.  As tourists you will see this offering in front of souvenir shops or dashboard of taxi in Bali. Bhagavad Gita (ix:26), one of Hindu holy books says Whosoever offers to me with devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or water, that offering of love, of the pure heart I accept.


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  • 3. Canang sari is one of the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus to thank the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in praise and prayer. Bhagavad Gita, one of Hindu holy books, chapter 9, Verse 26: Whoever offers Me with devotion and pure mind (heart), a leaf, a flower, a fruit or a little water – I accept (this offering)
  • 4. Taman Budaya Arts Centre
  • 5. Arts Centre Bali
  • 6. Bali have more palaces than any other region in the world. Each of the eight regencies has its own royalty, a rajah, until the time of Indonesian Independence in 1945. One of this palaces is Puri Agung Pemecutan. Statue of Dancing Shiva in Puri Agung Pemecutan
  • 7. Bali museum Denpasar
  • 8. Bali museum Denpasar
  • 9. Denpasar is the capital and the most populous city of the Indonesian province of Bali. Situated on the island of Bali, it is known worldwide as a major tourist destination; Denpasar is the main gateway to Bali. The Bali Museum features Balinese art and history. It is located near the location of the former royal palace of Denpasar, which was destroyed in a fire during the Dutch intervention in Bali (1906). The museum is built in Balinese house style. There are four main buildings inside the museum, with their specialization in each building.
  • 10. Bali museum Denpasar
  • 11. The kris or keris is a prized asymmetrical dagger most strongly associated with the culture of Indonesia, but also indigenous to Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore. In 2005, UNESCO gave the title Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity to the kris of Indonesia. In return, UNESCO urged Indonesia to preserve their heritage
  • 12. Bali museum Denpasar
  • 13. Tirta Gangga Water Palace, the former royal palace of Tirtagangga (which means water of the Ganges, Hinduism's holy river) about 5 kilometres from Karangasem, near Abang
  • 14. Tirtagangga water palace
  • 15. Tirtagangga water palace
  • 16. Taman Ujung is also south-east of Karangasem and is another water palace built by the predecessor of the King who constructed Tirta Gangga
  • 17. Taman Ujung Water Palace
  • 18. Taman Ujung Water Palace
  • 19. Taman Ujung, a water palace built for the king
  • 20. The Satria Gatotkaca statue, near Denpasar Airport
  • 21. The dramatic Satria Gatotkaca statue, near the Ngurah Rai International Airport, the statue represents the character of Hindu Mahabharata Gatotkaca, who had magical powers of flight and aviation safety
  • 22. Bird Park
  • 23. Ubud village
  • 24. The huge state temple of Pura Taman Ayun surrounded by a wide moat, was the main temple of Mengwi kingdom. The name of Pura Taman Ayun means "Garden Temple in the Water". It belongs to one of the six royal temples on
  • 25. Taman Ayun Temple is a very beautiful Hindu temple uniquely designed with a distinctive style of Balinese architecture and surrounded by a large of fishpond that looks like floating on the water. This temple is featured by the unique shape of temple building with towering tiers style decorated with Balinese ornaments with high artistic values that gives the sacred for its temple
  • 26. Taman Ayun temple is well also known as a Royal Mengwi Temple located in Mengwi District, Gadung Regency, about 18 km north of Denpasar City. Its location is easily reached through the main road from Denpasar to Singaraja via Bedugul direction
  • 27. Taman Ayun temple
  • 28. Taman Ayun temple
  • 29. Temple Shrine at Pura Puseh Temple in Batuan
  • 30. Batur Sunrise. Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung, Bali
  • 31. Mount Agung
  • 32. Bunut Bolong is a sacred and unique tree that is located in Manggissari, Pekutatan , in the Medewi area. The sacred tree is situated on the ridge of a hill, on one side you find a clove plantation and on the other side a gorge with excellent lush green tropical forest.
  • 33. Cockfighting plays a very important role in the life of many Balinese men. A cockfight, in the simplest sense, is a fight between two roosters in a caged ring. To many men in Bali, it’s much more than this – it’s an obsession that has been passed down through the generations. Cockfighting is illegal in Bali and has been since 1981. The only exception is when a cockfight takes place for religious purposes. Bali is an intensely spiritual island made up of almost all Hindus; in Balinese Hinduism, the spilled blood in a cockfight is believed to expel evil spirits. Although it is illegal, cockfighting takes place throughout Bali.
  • 34. Hand painted kites Gigantic kites measuring four meters and more in width will take flight near Sanur Beach during the annual Bali Kite
  • 35. Owl kite, bamboo and nylon. Bali, 1990s. © The Trustees of the British Museum
  • 36. Hand painted kites
  • 37. Hand painted kite
  • 38. Bali kites Festival
  • 39. Gamelan
  • 40. Lovina beach
  • 41. Seaweed farming Nusa Lembongan
  • 42. Songket is a fabric that belongs to the brocade family of textiles of Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia. It is hand-woven in silk or cotton, and intricately patterned with gold or silver threads. The metallic threads stand out against the background cloth to create a shimmering effect. In the weaving process the metallic threads are inserted in between the silk or cotton weft (latitudinal)
  • 43. Songket
  • 44. Singaraja Bali's second-largest city is the old colonial capital
  • 45. Pura Tanah Lot
  • 46. Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot, and a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism
  • 47. Gilimanuk
  • 48. Kecak dance
  • 49. Sanur beach
  • 50. Text: Internet Pictures: Internet & Nicoleta Leu Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foi oreanuş Sound: Tabuh Tegak Wira Yadnya - Madu Umbara (Parfum vagabond)