Report from the island of the gods
As soon as I left the airport in Bali (Denpasar) Wayan greeted us, what would be the tour guide in the coming days, along with a Balinese who rushed to put the neck garlands of fresh flowers frangipani. Somehow this Balinese souvenirs offered after doing his first steps on their island completed the decor Between garden with exotic plants in front of the airport and a few colorful Hindu temples.
In less than half an hour we were in the midst of turmoil, a traditional restaurant in Kuta, a former fishing village but now a sought after tourist destination extensive beaches and perfect waves for surfing. In most tables were seen smothered rice dishes, and with other smaller with tomato sauce, which proved very spicy later. The people ate a whole plate directly by hand, no matter what were filled.
There was an unusual feast, long rice, soy dishes – from salads soy sprouts sticks fried fermented soy beans, fish ocean and local drinks, mango juices and cold tea.
The first “bite” in Bali could not but compare to what was to come the next day: a visit in the heart of the Indonesian island home to a traditional family where members of three generations live together. With smiles, Balinese living here have made us the receipt.Moreover, Bali smile became a form of greeting. More modest house with small rooms, were raised in this court, the temples were and family.
Daily ceremonies are held here after balinezele carefully prepare offerings for the gods: some arrangements with flower petals on palm leaves and all sorts of other plaiting plant. “It is not hard, every day preparing offerings. Even before the meal. I learned from my parents how to make offerings, is a habit that has been transmitted from generation to generation, “says Made, who lives here. Over 90% of the inhabitants of this island are Hindus, the only island in Indonesia that failed to Islam.
Because of Hindu ceremonies have strongly marked the lifestyle here, Balinese shall ensure that sufficient flower offerings offered to the gods, so plantanţii alongside rice flower stretch and plantanţii used in various rituals. In Tunjuk village in the province of Tabanan, where most residents are farmers, we were sharing a little of what it means planting rice in a demonstration made by a Balinese.
Each thread is rice seek marshy field, well irrigated by farmers who now walked barefoot through the mud format. Some women with sunburned faces, reap rice and filled baskets. Harvesting is done manually since, although paddy fields stretch over several hectares best. Nearby lay an exotic plantation of coconut palms, banana trees and other tropical plants. The Balinese cuisine rice is the main ingredient, while coconut flavor complements many dishes, including some traditional desserts.
The lifestyle of the Balinese and exotic nature annually attracts over 3 million tourists Indonesian island, one of the most popular in the world. The Indonesian island, where 3.9 million people live, time is measured differently. Balinese are 210 days, ie six months with 35 days after calendar (Pawukon). Because this is still the island gods are dozens of temples on the island drenched blue water of the Indian Ocean.
One of the most photographed Hindu temples on the island is Tanah Lot, a rock formation, protected from snakes, as legend. One million locals and tourists come annually to see or pray at this temple. Strong waves hit Hindu temple daily, which seems adamant.Balinese have reconstructed more than 100 million dollars, money borrowed from the Japanese. Road to Tanah Lot, as iconic to any point of the island, is but an exercise in patience. Dozens of scooters or mopeds and cars dot the roads almost any time of day and traffic jams are very common.
But not until you reach the temple Pura Uluwatu Lehur in, perched on a cliff 70 meters above sea level, where you can see a sunset is reflected in the Indian Ocean and a traditional Balinese dance Kekaf inspired by the epic Ramayana, you true delight realize that I can give this island. Moreover, walking through this place becomes a challenge when you have to pass by dozens of monkeys of all sizes and ages, ready to take your earrings, sunglasses or any other property in view.
Another monkey reserve Monkey Forest in Ubud is (Monkey Forest) is located a few hundred monkeys in a setting consisting of nearly 100 types of trees. Some trees are considered sacred and are used by Balinese rituals that take place in the temple.Monkeys guard against evil spirits temples, as Hindus believe. So before I stepped into this reserve, tourists are making a complex training to avoid any incidents.
“Do not give them food, stay away from them because they can quickly become aggressive and bite” guide explained to us. Ubud has been transformed from a traditional small town with 30,000 inhabitants, one of the biggest attractions of Bali.
Dozens of souvenir shops appeared on the main street of Ubud and sellers try to attract tourists by offering ‘just one dollar- just a dollar “, although almost nothing actually sell at this price. It is nevertheless you may round revenue formula locals, since here the minimum wage is less than $ 100 per month. Maybe Bali paradise is not much described in guidebooks, but the simplicity of the locals and their Balinese traditions that were preserved from generation to generation remains a magnet for tourists worldwide.
Island Of The Gods
Bali is a state of Indonesia which is between this islands east of Java and Lombok island, Bali island is also more commonly called The Island Of Countless Temples, The Isle of Gods, and Bali Dwipa, Bali has numerous tiny islands are also included in the state of Bali, such as this island of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan Isle, Nusa Ceningan island, Serangan Isle and Menjangan Isle. The capital of Bali is Denpasar, based in this south of this island, this island of Bali is famous as a world tourist destination with identifying culture and art. Bali island is the best location for a vacation with the notch accommodation.
About 2000 BC occupied bali by peoples who migrated from Taiwan. Culturally and linguistically, the Balinese are so closely related to the individuals of this Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, this Philippines, and Oceania. Stone tools dating from this time are found near the village of Cekik from the island’s west. A deity was revered by Every sect. I
ndian, Chinese, and Hindu culture influenced culture, beginning around the first century AD. The name Bali Dwipa was discovered from various inscriptions, such as the Blanjong pillar inscription composed from Sri Kesari Warmadewa in 914 AD and mentioning Walidwipa. It had been in This time that this complex irrigation system Subak was designed to grow rice.
Some cultural and religious traditions still in existence today originated in this period. The Hindu Majapahit Empire on eastern Java founded a Balinese colony from 1343. When this empire declined, there has been an exodus east of intellectuals, artists, priests, and musicians from Java to Bali in this fifteenth century.
The first European contact using Bali would be thought to have been made in 1585 when a Portuguese ship foundered off this Bukit peninsula and left a few Portuguese from the service of Dewa Agung. Despite Dutch demands to get surrender, an estimated 1, 000 Balinese marched to their death against this invaders.
At the Dutch intervention in Bali, a comparable massacre occurred in this face east of a Dutch assault in Klungkung. Afterward, this Dutch governors were able to exercise administrative control over this island, but local control over religion and culture usually remained intact. Dutch rule over Bali came later and has been never because well established because in other portions of Indonesia like Java and Maluku.
In the 1930 s, anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, and artists Miguel Covarrubias and Walter Spies, and musicologist Colin McPhee created a western image east of Bali as an enchanted land east of aesthetes at peace using themselves and nature, and western tourism first developed on this island.
Imperial Japan occupied Bali during World War II. Bali Island wasn’t originally a target from their Netherlands East Indies Campaign, but because this airfields on Borneo were inoperative due to heavy rains this Imperial Japanese Army decided to occupy Bali, which didn’t suffer from the comparable weather. The island had no regular Royal Netherlands East Indies troops.