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  • Day20


    December 28, 2017 in Indonesia ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

    Early mornings sees the Balinese out sweeping up all of the previous day’s offerings from around their businesses and homes.

    Offerings may consist of coconut leaves, flowers (lots of frangipanis) and may also include biscuits, rice, candy and stalks of incense. 

    Since the offerings can also be found in pavements and in the middle of streets, you should be careful not to step on them, because there is a superstition that people who step on them will be met by “Leak”, a kind of Balinese version of demon, which are said to eat human’s organs. “Leak”, which means “Bad Witch” in English, eats dead bodies in cemeteries in the afternoon, while at night, they are said to appear as tigers, monkeys, pigs, even as human’s head with some parts of internal organs to hunt living human.

    Offerings constitiute a daily practice of many Balinese who may replenish these offerings 3 times a day. Because of its very religious society and its numbers of Hindus temples, Bali is called as the “Island of a Thousand Puras (Temples)”, or the “Island of the Gods”.
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  • Day19


    December 27, 2017 in Indonesia ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    Penjor are tall tapered poles made from bamboo and placed outside Balinese Hindu homes during certain religious holidays.

    Penjor are erected to symbolize the dominance of good (dharma) over evil (adharma) as well as to offer thanks to the gods. In addition, penjor show devotion to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Hyang Giri Pati (the God of the mountain).

    The curved part of the penjor thus symbolizes Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali that is considered the home of the gods.

    Offerings are also placed in the sanggah cucuk for the gods when they come down to Earth for Galungan.
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  • Day17

    Kuningan celebrations

    April 11, 2017 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Tonight we got the great opportunity to attend a ceremony for current "Galungan & Kuningan" ceremonies in a temple closeby. Even better we got dressed up by the stuff of our Resort, where we were the only guests, so they have been happy to see our interest in the hindu culture.Read more

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