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Ceiling of Balinese pavilion (bale) at Pura Besakih

A statue of Arjuna on a street in Bali

Fruits of Terminalia Arjuna tree

Stone Statue at Pura Tirta Empul Hindu Temple Bali

Arjuna as seen in the shadow puppet play (wayang)

the death of Ghatotkacha - Mahabharata - (A large statue amidst a fountain close to Bali airport, Denpasar)

Ghatotkacha, is a character in the Mahabharata, the son of Bhima and the giantess Hidimbi (sister of Hidimba). His maternal parentage made him half-rakshasa and gave him many magical powers such as the ability to fly that made him an important fighter in the Kurukshetra war, the climax of the epic.

hot water springs near Banjar

A painting depicting the life of the Buddhist hero Satusoma

Anggrek, the Balinese name of the flower

Auke Cornelis Sonnega (1910-1963) Portrait of Balinese woman with orchids

Bali Diving Location Tulamben - clownfish

The Mother Temple of Besakih, or Pura Besakih, is the most important, the largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali

One of Balis nine directional Temples, Pura Lempuyang is about a 30 minute drive from Bunutan. For the fit and adventurous, there is a beautiful walk (up about 1700 steps!) to the temple.

The Balinese language has no word for "art" and "artist." To the Balinese, art is not a category; it is a way of life. Therefore, there is no need for those definitions. Everywhere, in palaces, temples, and homes, art has been a central vehicle. People are expected to surround themselves with things of beauty.

In Bali, the arts still endure. There is no separation between art and ritual. People pour all their talents into preparation for ceremonial occasions. Women fulfill a collective obligation to make things beautiful by arranging daily offerings. Creating beauty is considered a religious service to society.

There is no word for artist there, because in Bali, everyone is considered an artist

In traditional thinking, the gamelan is sacred and is believed to have supernatural power. Both musician and non-musicians are humble and respectful to the gamelan. Incense and flowers are often offered to the gamelan. It is believed that each instrument in the gamelan is guided by spirits. Thus, the musician have to take off their shoes when they play the gamelan. It is also forbidden to step over any instrument in a gamelan, because it might offend the spirit by doing so.

Rice, to the Balinese, is more than just the staple food; it is an integral part of the Balinese culture. The rituals of the cycle of planting, maintaining, irrigating, and harvesting rice enrich the cultural life of Bali beyond a single staple can ever hope to do.

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It is said there is never a day in Bali without a ceremony of some kind and if you include all the life cycle rites (baby ceremonies, puberty rites, weddings, cremations,Temple festivals), then this adage is probably true. There are definitely certain times that are ceremony-heavy such as the full moons in April and October and the high holy days of Galungan

Pendet is a dance performed exclusively for religious ritual purposes

Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is located on the island of Bali near Ubud, in Indonesia. Built in the 9th century, it served as a sanctuary.

Melasti Ceremony is a Hindu religious ceremony to purify Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (the universe)

The Balinese believe that Mount Agung is a replica of Mount Meru, the central axis of the universe. One legend holds that the mountain is a fragment of Meru brought to Bali by the first Hindus. The most important temple on Bali, Pura Besakih, is located high on the slopes of Gunung Agung.

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