By Patrick R. Booz
The tropical Indonesian paradise of Bali has terribly vibrant attractiveness. Terraced rice paddies possible get up to the sky, whereas silhouetted arms, nonetheless energetic volcanoes and volcanic lakes distinction with wonderful shores and lagoons. Bali's temples, carved statues, and colourful artwork are facts of a thriving tradition that keeps its freshness and ease in a latest age. Bali: A shuttle Adventure is an unforgettable visible checklist of the island and its humans.
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Known as wayang kulit, stage performances of these shadow puppets are the main medium for the transmission of communal values and a sense of shared, epic history, all important in the spiritual education of the Balinese.
It is the odalan, the birthday of the temple’s founding, held every 210 days, and the whole village attends, dressed in their finest clothing. The festivities, lasting for one day and night, mark a fresh beginning for the temple year. 42 Bali: A Travel Adventure (WK) Text Job:04-79487 Title:Bali A Travel Adventure #175 DTP:174 Page:42 nture ge:42 0ii-113 text_79487 22/5/05 4:35 PM Page 43 B303DJH Bali: A Travel Adventure (WK) Text 43 Job:04-79487 Title:Bali A Travel Adventure #175 DTP:174 Page:43 0ii-113 text_79487 22/5/05 4:35 PM Page 44 B303DJH A huge procession forms part of every odalan celebration to mark a village temple’s anniversary.
Channeled water and pools have always been considered sacred sites, since water is so vital to Bali’s rice agriculture. Above: In a moment of singleminded prayer, a woman presents a flower offering. As a gift to the gods, offerings must be pleasing but they can be as simple as a petal or a few grains of rice on a banana leaf. Each day of the week has special spiritual attributes that determine what type, color and form each offering should take. Right: Religious festivals constitute a major part of Balinese culture.
Bali: A Travel Adventure by Patrick R. Booz