Balinese statue for offerings by the Jatiluwih rice terraces
I love learning about the Balinese culture, and other cultures within Indonesia, and I’ve been lucky to have locals share their beliefs with me. For the Balinese, offerings are a large part of daily life. Palm leaf holders are made with flowers and gifts placed inside, these are then left by statues, on sidewalks, by businesses, in cars, and around the home with the purpose of pleasing various gods and demons in Balinese Hinduism. Although only a small part of the Balinese culture, with large celebrations throughout the year, seeing the daily offerings around Bali become a beautiful part of the norm even for westerners visiting.
🕌Tirta Empul Temple and a bit of an insight into the Balinese culture 🕌
That was my first big temple to visit in Bali. It is fascinating how different Balinese culture is from ours. They make offerings to gods daily - mini ‘baskets’ filled with Balinese flowers, food and other stuff with incense sticks.
These are everywhere from the altars and front doors and shops to cars, temples and all the rest of the buildings.
Everyone has to wear a sarong and respect the temple.
The purification process takes place in a big water container with water coming out from the ground and refreshes all the time.
I didn’t do the purification ritual, because we would be back there for that event on Saturday morning! 🙏Balinese people are very religious. Main religion is Hinduism here (hence they don’t eat beef). They make offerings to Gods to thank them for everything. And it’s believed that if they don’t thank the Gods they would get angry and could initiate Volcano Eruptions, famine etc.! ✨The Balinese have an altar in every single house and pray at least in the morning and very often during the day and there are a lot of ceremonies happening here all the time as well as Balinese Dances. They have a silent day in March - Nyepi Day, which is kind of a New Year celebration. Everything comes to a complete halt: no traffic, nobody’s talking or working or coming outside the house. Airport and all the shops are also closed on that day.
Marriages happen only in August and February after 2 biggest national Balinese ceremonies
Most people love in houses behind shops and restaurants. They are nowhere near the posh villas and big buildings that are right by the main roads. They live on as much as $100-300 per month, but to rent an apartment costs about $60-80 per month. And like my driver told me that an employee from abroad can afford coming to Bali, but Balinese people almost can never afford travelling abroad. All the big bosses here are from outside the country and the majority of local people do manual jobs or work in family businesses selling stuff that they make themselves. (Tbc in the comments)