Bali, called the Island of the Gods, is the only Hindu island in Indonesia, where Islam is the dominant religion.
Originally from India, Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, so the existence of several gods is allowed. The Balinese worship the same divine trinity: Brahma, the creator, Shiva, the destroyer residing at the top of Mount Agung, and Vishnu, the protector who has come to Earth 9 times to help men.
Balinese are very religious. Ceremonies and prayers are an integral part of their daily lives. There is not a day without a party or ritual taking place somewhere on the island.
There is a ceremony that punctuates each stage of a balinese's life and gives place to magnificent processions.
• The 3-month ceremony aims to have the baby recognized in the world. A priest comes to the family temple where offerings are given to the god of the Sun and the 5 elements. • The tooth-coding ceremony marks the transition from childhood to adulthood and is therefore an important rite of passage for Hindu youth. According to the belief, this ritual helps to get rid of evil spirits and the teenager is made spiritually and physically more beautiful. • The cremation ceremony is very important because it is the last one of the life of a Balinese. This ritual takes place like a celebration day, lived in cheerfulness and joy.
There is also the odolan ceremony that takes place on the anniversary of each temple on the island according to the lunar calendar, ie every 210 days. The ceremony is important as the temple is large. Since there are 20,000 temples on the island, there is a good chance you will see one of these ceremonies...
It is said that Bali has more temples than inhabitants. This is explained by the fact that the temples represent a link between the balinese and their Gods. Thus, in addition to the main temples (such as those Besakih, Uluwatu and Tanah Lot) where the grand ceremony takes place, each house has its own temple more or less important according to the wealth of the family.
Besakih, Tanah Lot and Uluwatu temples (from left to right)
Present in front of every temple and every dwelling, the offerings to the Gods take a considerable place in the everyday life of the balinese. Renewed several times a day, they are as necessary as eating, drinking or breathing. According to the belief, the longer the Balinese spend time composing their offerings, the closer they get to the Gods.
It is impossible not to smell the incense of the floral offerings embalming the air to the four corners of the island and constituting a part of the magic of Bali...
Different types of Balinese offerings
The great wealth of Balinese culture is one of the main assets of the island. Hindu rites, Balinese traditions and their art of living will leave you with an unchanging memory!
If you want to explore the seabed of Bali while discovering this vast culture, this is possible with our different safaris that can alternate diving days and days of visits at your own pace!
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