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30 September 2010
Postcards from Bali by Peter Hinze at The Cheshire Cat Blog
Some impressions of daily life in Bali by Peter Hinze.

See also Peter Hinze’s My Favourite Planet guide to Bali (in German).
 
Balinese temples
Pura Taman Ayun temple, Mengwi, Bali at the Cheshire Cat Blog

Pura Taman Ayun (Temple of the floating garden) in Mengwi

Around 93% of Balinese people are Hindus, which makes it the only majority Hindu population beyond the Indian sub-continent and the only Hindu province in the mainly Muslim Indonesian archipelago.

There are around 20,000 temples (puras) and shrines on the island, and each village has at least three (Pura Puseh, Pura Desa and Pura Dalem).

Most temples are open to visitors, often for a small entrance fee, and at many you are required to wear a sarong. These can often be hired outside the temple, however it is more economical to buy a sarong from a market on your arrival in Bali, especially if you intend to visit several temples.

Mengwi, Central Bali     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Pura Taman Ayun temple in Mengwi, Bali at The Cheshire Cat Blog

Pura Taman Ayun (Temple of the floating garden) in Mengwi

Pura Taman Ayun was built in 1634 by Prince I Gusti Agung Anon Putra-Raja when Mengwi was the capital of an influential princedom. It is the second largest temple complex on Bali, surrounded by a large well-kept park planted with fruit trees and flowers. The inner sanctum may only be entered by believers. Visitors, however, can still get a good view over the low perimeter wall of the ten meru, four of which have 11 storeys.

Mengwi, Central Bali     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Ulan Danau water temple, Bali

Ulan Danau water temple of the sea goddess Dewi Danu
on the west bank of Lake Bratan.

The goddess Dewi Danu is the patron of the rice farmers who take water blessed by the priests to pour on their rice fields in pious hope of a good harvest.

Ulan Danau, Lake Bratan, near Bedugul, Central Bali     photo: © Peter Hinze
  Going to the temple
Balinese worshipper on her way to the temple

On the way to the temple

A worshipper carries her sacrifice of fruit to the temple.

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
sacrifices on the temple alter

Worshippers lay their sacrifices of fruit on the temple altar.

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Balinese temple musicians

Temple musicians

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
  Crafts around the temple
Balinese Sarcophagus maker's workshop

Sarcophagus maker's workshop

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Balinese stonemason

A stonemason puts the finishing touches to a
sculpture of the elephant-headed-god Ganesh.

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Balinese stonemasonry

Ganesh's stomach gets some special attention.

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Gateway to a Balinese temple

Peter Hinze admires the work of Balinese stonemasons.

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
  Balinese dance: Barong dance
There are over 200 types of dance in Bali, of which around 60 are still performed.
Balinese Barong dance

Barong dance

The Barong dance relates the story of the mythological Balinese spirit king hero Barong. Accompanied by the lion spirit protector Banas Pati Rajah, he combats the evil magic of Rangda. This dance drama, now mostly performed for tourists, was once performed as part of the Calonarang dance procession through Bali's streets.

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Barong dance

Barong dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Barong dance, Bali, Indonesia

Barong dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
  Balinese dance: Kecak dance
(monkey dance)
Balinese Kecak dance

Kecak dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Kecak dance,Bali, Indonesia

Kecak dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Kecak dancers

Kecak dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Kecak dance

Kecak dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
  Balinese dance: Legong dance
(maiden's dance)
Balinese Legong dance

Legong dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Legong dance, Bali, Indonesia

Legong dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Legong dancer

Legong dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Legong dance

Legong dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Legong dance

Legong dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Legong dance

Legong dance

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
  A Balinese house
Balinese house

Balinese house

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Balinese house

Balinese house

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Balinese house

Balinese house

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
  Scenes of daily life in Bali
Balinese street market

Balinese street market

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Balinese artist

Balinese artist paints a traditional scene.

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Balinese painting

Balinese painting of a harvest (detail).

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
Balinese fisherman

Balinese fisherman pulls in his net.

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
  Balinese animal life
Balinese bat

Balinese bat

Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
A blue and gold macaw in Taman Burung Bali Bird Park

A blue and gold macaw (also known as blue and yellow macaw,
yellow-breasted macaw, blue macaw) in Taman Burung Bali Bird Park.

This parrot species is common throughout the forests of South America (including Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay) although it is endangered in Trinidad and Panama.

Further information about the blue and gold macaw:

Parrot Encyclopedia - Species Profile

Bali Bird Park website: www.bali-bird-park.com

Taman Burung Bali Bird Park, Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
 
A male wreathed hornbill in Taman Burung Bali Bird Park, Bali

A male wreathed hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus, also known as
the bar-pouched wreathed hornbill) in Taman Burung Bali Bird Park.

Closely related to the plain-pouched hornbill, these large forest birds, 75–100 cm (30–40 inches) long are widespread across Asia, from Bhutan and India to southeast Asia and the Greater Sundas. This chap is from Borneo.

The Bali Bird Park has examples of almost every species of hornbill as part of an enormous collection of around 1000 birds of 250 different species from all over the world, including some of the rarest and most exotic. As well as providing a fascinating spectacle for tourists, the park also runs breeding, research and educational programmes aimed at preserving endangered bird species.

Bali Bird Park website: www.bali-bird-park.com

Taman Burung Bali Bird Park, Bali, Indonesia     photo: © Peter Hinze
   
Photos and text: © 2010 Peter Hinze


See also Peter Hinze’s My Favourite Planet guide to Bali (in German).


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