Mystery, Myth & Magic

Balinese Women : The Sarcastic Look (Part 2)

Culture | Jul 01, 2016

When people write on Balinese love, they like to underline the romantic side, often seen from the male’s perspective. People are said to elope out of love, to bypass the parents’ unwillingness to accept the union. This occurs of course, but there are also instances when parents force lovers to break their bond – which, […]

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Balinese Women: The Sarcastic Look

Culture | Jun 07, 2016

With the teeth showing “women’s lib” types of tourists around nowadays, the theme of women’s empowerment might well be coming to the Balinese table. Haven’t we all seen Balinese women carrying heavy loads, and heard of the charms of Balinese breasts, not to mention the fertility rate, offerings, family planning and even AIDS? That other […]

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Tumpek Kandang: The Holy Day for Animals

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | May 14, 2016

Tumpek Kandang is a day dedicated to Sang Hyang Rare Angon, the god of all cattle and livestock. On this day, domesticated animals on the island will receive great attention; the cows are washed in the river and dressed-up like human beings, with special cone-shaped spirals made of coconut leaf placed on their horns. The […]

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Growing Old in Bali

Culture | Apr 01, 2016

Old Age and Religion Growing old means getting closer to the moment of death, which, according to the Balinese, opens the possibility of moksa, i.e, blending one’s human microcosm with the ultimate cosmic spirit, or God. In  order to achieve this and not reincarnate,  people have to live in accordance with the principles of cosmic […]

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Interreligious Marriage: A Case of Balinese Tolerance

Culture | Mar 11, 2016

The Balinese know tolerance not only as a proclamation of intention, but also as a daily social practice. For one thing, there is no Balinese who claims that his or her religion is the only keeper of truth. Truth, they use to say, is beyond the apprehension of human kind. The “ethical” endeavour in the […]

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Indonesia: Preserving Tolerance

Culture | Jan 10, 2016

It may be interesting to try to “explain” Indonesia, and in particular to show how this “improbable” country of 250 million inhabitants distributed over more than 17,000 islands has managed to retain its unity whereas most other multi-cultural countries are threatened by chaos when not in the midst of it. However, in order to continue […]

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Bali Has Soul

Culture | Sep 03, 2015

Minutes later I find myself in front of a trio of flouncing lady-boy trancees who are welcoming the mighty god of the mask of the Topeng SIdakarya Sudha into their temple. The gamelan is clanging, the exquisite temple forecourt is packed and the sun is shining in on the woven penjor banners fluttering above. Last […]

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The Purpose of Offerings and The Balinese Story Of Sangjaya Kesunu

Culture | Apr 02, 2015

Unlike religions from the Middle-East, which rest on a “revelation” transmitted through the entreaties of prophets, and in the case of Christianity, of a Messiah, Balinese religion rests on the notion of cosmic balance. The Universe and Man are considered as “similar” to one another. They consist of the same five elementals (Panca Maha Bhuta) […]

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A Question of Time : The Difference Between Balinese and Westerners

Culture | Dec 29, 2014

  Historian and art critic Jean Couteau brings us a story of Ni Luh Koncreng, in which he illustrates the way the Balinese see, feel and interpret time. You can guess, of course, it is quite different to how Westerners view the very same aspect.    We are in the compound of Ni Luh Koncreng, an […]

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Big Size = Big Appetite

Mystery, Myth & Magic | Dec 01, 2014

Did you know that out of all the animals at Bali Safari & Marine Park, elephants eat the most? An elephant can eat up to 200 kg of food daily, and drink up to 100 liters of water per day. A pregnant elephant eats even more and their pregnancy period is up to 22 months. […]

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