Travel Destination :: Bali Indonesia
My first genuine encounter with Balinese culture was in the small village of Tampaksiring called Penempaham. I was the only foreigner in the Temple that day and was warmly welcomed by the locals. I had no idea what was happening but a young Balinese boy quickly befriended me and explained all that was taking place.
It was on this day I began to wrap my head around the genuine dedication the Balinese have to their beliefs, as well as the strong sense of community. This was also the day my love for Bali grew immensely. If you are looking for a rich cultural adventure and travel destination you will not forget, add Bali to your list of top places to visit.
These are a few things I learned while in the small Balinese village:
In Bali, there is no single day without a ceremony. It is an obligation for the Balinese to promote balance relations among human, gods and nature. Those principles are materialized through a sacrifice called Yadnya. Yadnya can be a very simple thing like giving a slice of one’s food to a wandering dog or cleaning up rubbish in a temple area. Yadnya, or giving away, is the root of most ceremonies in Bali.
There are five obligations or Panca Yadnya. Dewa Yadnya is for thanking the God, Pitra Yadnya to respect the ancestor’s souls. Manusa Yadnya is for cleaning human souls. Rsi Yadnya is held when someone wants to be a priest and Bhuta Yadnya is for thanking nature and balancing positive and negative powers. Yadnya is reflected through ceremonies.
Hundreds of ceremonies are regularly held anywhere in Bali and each is based on one of the Panca Yadnya. Different traditions from one village to another create more variations across the island.
Take time to step away from the comfortable resorts designed to make you not want to leave. Venture into a cultural education you will never find in a textbook by visiting a small village.