Firstly, let me introduce myself… My name is GEDE SUYASA and most people just call me GEDE which is pronounced like the English greeting ‘G’day’. With this blog,
We offer my clients personally customised tours with each itinerary especially designed to your interests and tastes.
Whether it is sightseeing, culture, art, shopping or just cruising around Bali exploring parts of the island you have never seen, I am happy to ensure your journey is relaxing and comfortable for your needs.
White water rafting and ubud tour is one the great combination tour,Get the experience of a lifetime during your trip to Bali by trying out white water rafting at the stunning Ayung River, the longest river on the island. Marvel at the river's gorgeous surroundings, including lush rainforests, gorgeous waterfalls, and beautiful gorges.This is a fun, family-friendly activity that all thrillseekers should try at least once during their visit to Bali!Then use your limited time in this area by exploring the life of ubud village to visit the best sites like monkey forest, traditional market, Ubud palace, and Tegenungan waterfall.
We designed this combination tour to give a maximum experience and value during your holiday in Bali. Experience a quad bike riding in the lush green jungle of Ubud continue to visit Tegalalang rice terrace and Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest.
During your discovery tour you will drive yourself into the heart of Bali through the jungle, rice fields, mud tracks, plantations, & villages. Afterwards, you can wash up in our hot shower facilities & enjoy the extended buffet style lunch before heading to beautiful rice terrace in Ubud.
Next, you will stop at the most beautiful rice terrace in Ubud. Walk down to the rice field and breathe the fresh air along the green rice paddy.
After that, you will visit the sacred monkey forest to see more than 700 long tailed macaques live in wild. Get closer and take some picture with monkeys help by your guide. The tour ends by driving you back to your hotel.
Join this exclusive interactive experience is a rare opportunity to hose, wash, and scrub the Sumatran Experience a unique connection with one of these elephants in a spectacular tropical setting as you get up close and personal. Hand feed them, touch them, take photos with them, and then learn more about the elephant’s ancestry and diversity at the parks historical and graphic displays in the village of Taro. It is where the home of 31 endangered Sumatran Elephants lives in a good care. Inside the park you will be able to interact, feed and learn about these gentle giant in a proper way. Enjoy your time being close with this beautiful creature inside the park within a very tick lush green jungle of Taro Ubud.
After Taro Elephant Park ,next destination is driving to the north passing the countryside scenic road to see the magical of Batur Volcano in Kintamani area. There, you will enjoying local buffet lunch with the amazing background of Mt. Batur and the lake view. What a beautiful area to having lunch ?. After finish your lunch, you will stop at a traditional coffee plantation. It is where you will see local farmers process the traditional coffee in the plantation. You will have an opportunity to taste some of their coffees and teas.
Then, you will stop at the most beautiful Tegalalang rice terraces. Make a great scenic picture along the rice fields with a green surrounding. The last stop will be a place to do a jungle swing. Encourage yourself to be swing with a giant swing over the valley.Expereiece it and feel the sensation ,you can get thrilling feelings, adrenaline rush, unforgettable experiences and unique pictures.Bali swing is the stop and the tour ends by driving you back to your hotel.
Experience it one day visiting three most beautiful waterfalls near to Ubud area.Tibumana waterfall is our first destination. In this waterfall is good for swimming as it has very blue water and fresh come from the mountain. It is located very deep inside the lush green jungle along the beautiful slopes. Walk along the path passing some stairs down and pass a wooden bridge to see a beautiful waterfall.
Tukad Cepung waterfall will be next destination drive about 45 minutes from Tibumana Watefall. This waterfall is the most hidden waterfall in Bali. You cannot see it from any distance, except you go 10 meters from the waterfall because it is located inside the cave. To get there you need to walk along the jungle and some stairs to get the river. You will walk along the river with the high rock in between and you will see the most beautiful waterfall at the end.
The last waterfall is popular Tegenungan waterfall. You will expect more people here as it is located close to ubud center.However, like many others, Tegenungan picturesque lush greenery all around and the natural springs are perfect for bathing. You’ll see many locals here each day as the water flow is heavy, leaving it clean and fresh. But before that you will enjoy traditional local lunch with traditional ingredients. It is very tasty and unique.
Start the tour by meeting your driver at your hotel lobby with a warm smile. You will be driven to the middle of Bali in Ubud village. Our first stop at the popular sacred monkey forest, where you will find,there are about 600 monkeys living this monkey forest,and diveded into 5 groups: in front of themain temple.Michelin,eastern,central and cemeteries. Walk along the 12,5 hectares forest as the perfect place for the healthy monkeys. Find three temples inside guarded by the monkeys live in harmony.
After having time with the monkey continue, drive up to the north of Ubud to stop at the magical Tegalalang rice terrace to see the real traditional farmer activities in their daily activities.Not far from this area you will have a chance to do swing witn other photo points
Amazing of Ubud Tour with Jungle Swing
Swing on a giant swing overlooking the haunted valley will be soon becoming your favorite activity.Snap a few unforgettable images of Bali's landscapes at Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a favorite stop for nature lovers, painters, and amateur photographers,make a unique picture for your social media feeds. Next, enjoy your included lunch with the jungle atmosphere.
After enjoying your lunch,will visit Tirta Empul a holy spring temple. You can see how Balinese people doing a holy blessing before they pray at the main temple. And your last stop is Tegenungan waterfall with a beautiful green surrounding make the area very fresh. Take a short walk to get closer to the waterfall or just see the view from the top hill.
Bali culture is unique and famous especially for its rich and vibrant arts. Various forms of dance and music have made Bali's arts and culture scene one of the most diverse in the world. Hinduisim as the main religion is the major influence behind its development. Music, drama, dance and costumes become a feast for the senses during temple festivities. Rites of passage at Balinese family households can almost be seen daily, celebrating the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Special cultural dates and highlights also mark the calendar, through annual art festivals and local revelries that visitors should check out to make the best of their visit
Art is everywhere in Bali. From the intricate flower decorations in a Barong dancer's headdress, to elaborately carved temple facades and beautiful oil paintings. Bali's performing arts are also an integral part of Balinese culture.
Music and dance play a huge part in significant rituals and religious ceremonies. Known as " the Island of the Gods" hardly a day goes by without a ceremony or festival taking place. Traditional dances with full gamelan orchestras are performed for tourists daily in addition to the day to day religious ceremonies. Definitely worth seeing.
The Barong is triumphant display of graceful movement and vibrant colour. The dance is basically a contest between the opposing forces of Rangda - chaos and destruction, and Barong - order. (Basically good and evil.)
The kecak is a ritual dance which was created in the early 1930's for the movie "Island of the Demons" by the German painter and intellectual Walter Spies. The dance combines the chorus of the "Sanghyang" trance dance with a dance story from the epic "Ramayana." It is extremely impressive with its circular chorus of sometimes over 100 bare-chested male singers.
There's probably more Bali temples than homes on the island. Many temples in Bali are actually shrines. However, the number of religious compounds might well be over 10,000. The number is spread throughout the far-flung corners of the island, from mountain and hilltops to low-lying coastal areas. Bali temples are normally peaceful and desolate. They transform into scenes of great activity during festivals or temple anniversaries. Traditional dance performances, cockfighting and even gambling often takes place during such events. You’ll find that each of Bali’s temples is unique. They may either face towards the mountains, the sea or towards sunrise.
Bali is not just a tropical paradise, it is also a cultural adventure for you to take on. There are many tropical beaches in the world, but only Bali offers them with its spiritual, traditional values you will not find elsewhere. Balinese Hinduism is distinctive for its addition to the island’s own traditional values.
For Balinese people, this aspect of their life is extremely important. And knowing that you, a visitor to their island, acknowledge it, and they will give you nothing but respect in return. Plus, it will give your vacation spiritual experiences you’ll never have elsewhere. So, get ready to make some changes to your itinerary for this tropical island of gods.
Far enough away from the madness of Bali's most touristy destinations lies a seaside town that may seem unassuming at first, but soon gets under your skin for its easy charm, genuine local atmosphere and top quality visitor attractions.
Sanur is nestled on a long stretch of coast in the south east of the island, around 12 kilometres from Bali's international airport, making it a popular landing place to acclimatise on arrival in the Indonesian holiday island.
Sanur Beach is the perfect place to hang out with the whole family. It’s not as crowded as Kuta Beach, but it is clean and doesn’t have any waves, the perfect place to go for everybody. Sun chairs are available for about two Dollars. Various Shops invite you to try your hand at negotiating. The promenade invites you to take a stroll around and for those who like cycling, it offers a nice opportunity to hire a bike and push those pedals.
Known for being clean and relatively peaceful, the area's sandy beach strip is protected by a reef which forms a calm lagoon, dotted with boats and many colourful jukungs - traditional Indonesian outrigger fishing canoes. Along the shore runs a narrow beach walkway which takes you right from one end of Sanur to the other, the main section developed into a popular beachfront dining spot with restaurants aimed at tourists offering both traditional and Western food, all of which is pretty consistently of high quality.
Private Tour Of Bali’s Most Iconic and Instagrammable Locations
Our private tour will bring you to the island’s most Instagrammable spots so you can fill your feed with today’s trendiest photos – and all in comfort! You’ll get your own private air-conditioned. It’s a great way to see the other side of Bali, away from the tour busses and the crowds! Contact us to witness with your own eyes, Bali’s most sought-after “must-Insta” locations.
Prime Tour 1 Pura Lempuyang – The Gates Of Heaven (3 hours from Ubud)
Take your very own snapshot at The Gates Of Heaven – named just so by the Balinese as it represents the boundaries between the outer world and the outer realm of the temple. On a clear day, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Agung in the distance. There are four major temples within Lempuyang; the Dragon Temple will be the very first temple you will see – it is just steps away from the parking lot. The Gates of Heaven is located near the Dragon Temple.
Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden (50 minutes from Lempuyang)
This lavish water garden was built by the King of Karangasem in 1946. It is a breathtaking garden of pools, ponds and fountains strategically placed amidst 1.2 hectares of lush vegetation and neat lawns adorned with beautifully carved statues, bridges and stones. The Royal Water Garden was used by the Royal Family back then as a Royal Bathing Complex. The main pond features a row of statues and stepping stones across the water, filled with fat golden carps. This is the main spot where you will get that awesome photo for your Instagram feed!
Prime Tour 2 Tegenungan Waterfall (2 hours from Tirta Gangga)
One of Ubud’s most popular waterfalls, Tegenungan Waterfall offers an impressive panorama surrounded by lush vegetation – you’ll be able to view this astounding vista when you walk from the carpark to the start of the steps which will lead you down to the waterfall. There are just about 100 steps down, and once at the bottom, you’ll see a giant cascade of water crashing down into the pebble pools below. You can swim and play in the water, and explore the pools which flow in a shallow stream into the jungle.
Bali Swing & Bird Nest
Ubud’s most famous attractions to date! The Bali Swing lets you swing hundreds of feet above a jungle abyss while the Bird’s Nest provides a cute little setup for couples and solo travellers who want to add an exotic tropical touch to their Instagram feed.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Upload a shot of you frolicking about in one of Bali’s most famous rice fields and you’ll be sure to turn your friends green with envy! The Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are world famous, and are acres upon acres of glistening paddy that slopes across the valley. It is an ancient location, with dramatic views and a peaceful quality that is a definite visit. While there, you could also take photos with elderly farmers who will be more than happy to pose for a small fee.
Marvel at Bali’s temples, villages and rice fields on a private full-day tour. Enjoy an action-packed itinerary including visits to Bedugul village, the UNESCO-listed Jatiluwih rice terraces, the Ulundanu floating temple on Lake Beratan and Pura Taman Ayun temple, get close to nature at the Bali Butterfly Park and sample Indonesia’s famous Kopi Luwak at a coffee plantation.Complete your tour at Tanah Lot Temple, known for its enchanting seaside setting and as a place to see the sunset at the end of the day. Look in wonder at the ancient Hindu shrine, perched in the crashing waves, and watch the sun melt over the horizon.
Full-day private tour of Bedugul village and Jatiluwih rice terraces
Admire views of Pura Taman Ayun temple, Lake Beratan and the Jatiluwih rice terraces
Great value tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport
This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your driver
What You Can Expect
Taman Ayun Temple is a combination of natural beauty and springs,It is in order with the concept of the traditional Balinese garden surrounded by an artificial river with a variety of rare plant species typical of Bali.The beauty of the landscape coupled with the sacred building.
Pura Ulun Danu Beratan
Ulun Dnau temple is one of the tour visist when a sight seeing tour is organized to visit Bedugul Mountain resirt or Singaraja tour.The location is one the west bank of the lake Beratan.The name Ulun Danu,literally means "the beginning of the lake " But this might not to claim that the site is the beginning of the a lake.It tends to indicate that everything that exists around the lake will have the orientation to the temple site ,and cleanliness around the area must be continuously kept.
Jatiluwih Rice Paddies
Giving a new meaning to the word “green,” the Jatiluwih rice paddies are notable for their employment of traditional Balinese irrigation techniques. With Mount Batukaru looming in the distance, the paddies are also some of Bali’s most picturesque. Bring your hiking shoes and trek through paddies, hop over rivers, and explore a tranquil area of Bali (mostly) untouched by the traveler.
Bali a Butterfly park lies in the village of Wanasari north of Tabanana.Here one can find many varieties of butterflies.In this park butterflies are breaded and studied.One of the most exotic butterflies found here is the Omithoptera Paradisea,and Priamus.
Tanah lot Temple
For Balinese ,Tanah lot is one of the important and venerated sea templs.Like Pura Uluwatu,at the southern end of the island.The name of Tanah Lot Temple in tourism bibbliography about Bali almost never absent.The name Tanah Lot is probably from " Tanah Laut " means land in the sea.It is teh fact that the strong sea abrasion has separated the temple area with Bali mainland,so it looks that the temple nests on a small speck of rock building up on the ocean.
If you’re keen to get experience about Balinese long tail monkey,in English callled Macaque and rice terrace,then this Bali tour package is perfect!You’ll get to see the Ubud Monkey Forest,Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a favorite stop for nature lovers, painters, and amateur photographers,plusTegenungan Waterfall.
Experience the breathtaking beauty of Tegenungan Waterfall
Savor an authentic Balinese meal for lunch
Admire the landscape as you hike through the rice terraces of Tegallalang
Learn how "luwak" coffee is made from beans part digested by the palm civets
Look for the resident macaques of Sacred Monkey Forest
Benefit from pick-up at your hotel at 8:00 AM, and then head to your first stop Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest and discover the home of around 200 monkeys in the forest of Ubud. Believed by the locals to be "God's Guard of the Dalem Agung Temple," the long-tailed macaques dwell in certain areas and can often be seen on the roads.
Continue to Ceking Rice Terrace in the village of Tegalalang. See how the rice field has been beautifully designed using plantation and coconut trees as ornaments. Take a pleasant walk around the rice field if you wish,there’s also a chance to sample the famous luwak coffee (yep that’s the one made with poo!) and check out the lush rice paddies too.
Next, savor an authentic Balinese meal for lunch, giving you energy for the afternoon,end with a visit to Tegenungan Waterfall where you can walk up close to the cascades and step over the top rock to get amazing views of the surrounding jungle.
Get back to nature and visit the waterfalls of Tukad Cepung,Tegenungan and Tibumana near Ubud. Swim under refreshing cascades, hike to a hidden waterfall in the middle of a lush green forest and more.
Swim in the mountain fresh waters of Tibumana Waterfall
Walk between cliffs to Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Enjoy some traditional street food
Experience the breathtaking beauty of Tegenungan Waterfall
Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, and then journey into the lush green jungles surrounding Ubud. Stop for a refreshing swim in the mountain spring waters at Tibumana Waterfall and stroll along the scenic paths and nature trails over a wooden bridge.
Discover the hidden Tukad Cepung Waterfall, where you can walk through the jungle to take the stairs to admire at the cascades from a different perspective. Stop for lunch in a small warung or café to taste some authentic food from Bali.
End with a visit to Tegenungan Waterfall, where you can walk up close to the cascades and step over the top rock to get amazing views of the surrounding jungle.
Explore the Caldera Batur and Sunrise with the experiences Local Bali Hiking guide,Start from Pengalangan Uludanu Songan Village and ride boat about 15 minutes to Pulak Village then we'll head up Pulak Hill at Eastern Crater of Lake Batur for amazing 360-degree views. We'll go through local areas and hike through the jungle to the eastern side of Lake Batur. We'll relax at our camp ground to enjoying spectacular view of Mt.Batur,Mt Abang,Mt,Agung and when weather clear you can see Mt.Rinjani in Lombok beside that beautiful Amed dan Tulamben beach line up on Indian Ocean before,after feel satisfied with magnificent view we back to lake and go around the lake with our own boat.
Enjoying Magnificent view
Explore the lush landscapes with lake around
Round-trip hotel transport with a private driver included
Admire the Caldera Batur and Sunrise.
What You Can Expect
Start your trip early morning may be around 2.00 ma depending on where your hotel, pickup by your private driver at your hotel and get comfortable in your air-conditioned private vehicle.then we drive about 2 hours to get to starting point,you can back to sleep to safe your energy, drive to starting point nothing to see because dark.After driving 2 hours,arriving at start point our local hiking guide will explain about trekk littel bit.we will acrros the lake about 15 minutes to get to Pulak Village,after we arrive at Pulak village start walk up to the top,Arrival at the summit crater, where we will witnessing the spectacular view and sunrise. While we are waiting for sunrise, our local guide will prepare your coffee or tea.After feel satisfied enjoying sunrise then we back to boat crossing the lake stop for while at Dewi Danu Statue,may be you want to take picture.And then drive to back to hotel.
SAY YES TO NEW ADVENTURES
Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul
Here is for activities for the andrenaline hunter Extrem,Exicitng ,Experience
White Water Rafting
Get the experience of a lifetime during your trip to Bali by trying out white water rafting at the stunning Ayung River,the longgest river on the island.Marvel at the river's gorgeous surrounding,including lush rainforests,gorgeous waterfall,and beautiful gorges!
Fun Paragliding Tandem in Bali
Experience views of Bali's stunning shoreline and sacred sea temple from the air on this tandem paragliding experience in Sawangan- Nusa Dua. Fly like a bird as you embark on this adrenaline-filled and magical tour.
Experience the excitement of riding a powerful semi automatic 250 cc ATV in central of the most stunning countryside Bali has to offer. Bali ATV Tour activity are daily trips, dry or raining season the activity challenge must go on, depend to your self preference. Do you really want to be back to the nature while pampering your adrenaline on quad bike? Let join with us and feel the unforgettable memories during explore Bali from your Atv motor
Ubud is in many ways Bali's cultural heart,around Ubud, there are the surrounding by Ancient holy sites include the intricately carved Goa Gajah (“Elephant Cave”) Yeh Pulr, Samuan Tiga Temple
Goa gajah or Elephant cave is located in the southwest of Bedulu village,next to Yeh Pulu Relief.6 km from Ubud.Known only to local villagers and the bats during centuries of neglect,the cave was revealed to the public in 1923.The bathing place was discovered and restored only in 1954 during archeological investigations done by Mr.Krijsman.It had become filled in and a templebuilt upon it , which had to be moved to its present site. The spring and pond there have given the temple its name-- Pura Taman.
Carved into the stone above the cave entrance is a massive face with bugling eyes and high arched eyebrows.The eyes glance towards the west ot the left as you face the cave.The large ear ornaments do not necessarily indicate a female face,for male royalty also wore such ornaments.This figure represnets Boma (sometimes also called Kala or Sanskrit : Kittimukha ), and it is probably the earliest representation of this figure in bali.According to Balinese texts ( lontar ),Boma is the son of the god Wishnu an dthe goddess Basundari or ibu ( Mother ) pertiwi .Boma may be likened to the child of water and earth, for wisnu is the gid of waters and Parwati is the goddess of the soil or mother earth.
Yeh Pulu Relief
Relief Yeh Pulu was discovered by the army-commander of the kingdom of Ubud for the first time in 1925 .it is one of the classic monumenets from the 14 AD century.The research about this monument was published by DR.W.F. Sutterheim,the head of the Dutch Archeologiacl Department in 1929.
The name of Yeh Pulu is derived from an image of a bowl where the water comes out in one part of the relief .Yeh means water and Pulu means large a earthenware bowl used for water. The relief is carved 25 meters large by 2 meters along a steeply sloped riverbank.The daily activity of people during that time is perpetuated through this beautiful relief .Besides the relief itself,there are several niches that are used by the King of Bedahulu for meditation.
Pura Samuan Tiga
Pura samuna Tiga ( Samuan Tiga Temples ) was a meeting place for the religious leaders in the era of the Gunapriyadharmapatni and Udaya Kingdoms ,about 1001 AD. the concept of Desa Pekraman ( the traditional Balinese Village system ) was initiated during this time . The agreement of social relegious system development in Bali was created by one of the central figures in Bali-- Mpu Kuturan.He was the one of the famous knights and the religious leader of the kingdom.
According to the book written by R.Goris,there were 9 sects in the Old Bali period.They were the Pasupata,Bhairawa,Siwa Shidanta,Waisnawa,Budha ,Brahma,Resi,Sora, and Ganapatya sects.Amomg these sects ,Siwa Sidhanta was the dominant sect in Bali ( Ardhana 1989:56 )
Every sect had their own prime goddess and considered that their gods was higher than the others.This fanatic faith created conflict that had the potential of blowing-up at anytime.King Udayana tried to reduce the conflict by inviting the religious leaders from both Java and Bali,who then held a summit conference of all the religious leaders which took place at Pura Penataran Temple.To commemorate that summit meeting,the temples was then named Samuan Tiga .
The many unseen inhabitants of Bali – gods, ancestors, and
demons – are treated by the Balinese as honored guests through the daily
presentation of offerings (banten ) of every imaginableshape, color ,and substance . These are first
and foremostgifts expressing gratitude
to benevolent spirits ,and placating mischievous demons to prevent them from
disturbing the harmony of life.
Simple offerings are presented daily as a matter of course,
while more elaborate ones are specially produced for specific ritual. After the
daily food is prepared , for example, tiny packets are presented to the
resident gods of the household beforethe family eats. Every day , too ,the spirits are presented with tiny
canang,palm leaf trays containing
flowers and betel as a token of hospitality.
Being gifts to higher beings , these offeringsmust be attractive ,and great deals of time
and effort is expended to make them so. Leaves are laboriously cut ,plaited and
pinned together into decorative shapes ( jejaitan ) .Multi-colored rice flour
cookies ( jajan ) are modeled into tine sculptures and even into entire scenes
,which have a deep symbolic significance quite apart from their decorative
function. In many ways , therefore, the
production of offerings may be regarded as an important traditional art form
that still flourishes on Bali
Materials and preparation
Aside from a few durable element employed , such as coins
cloth and an occasional wooden mask, offeringsare generally fashioned of perishable , organic materials. Not only the
materials , but be used again and similar ones must be produced again and again
every day .
The preparation of offerings is one the many tasks
undertaken by every Balinese woman.Within the household , women of several
generations work together , and in this way knowledge and skill are handed down
to the young . To a limited extent , men also cooperate ; it is their task to
slaughter animals and prepare most meat offerings.
Many women in Bali even make a living by acting as offering
specialists ( tukang banten ). Their main task is to direct the armies of
people who collectively produce offerings for large rituals at home or in the
communal temple. They are able to coordinate this work because they know the
type and ingredients of offerings required for each accasion.
As more and more Balinese women work outside the home in
office or tourist hotels ,they have less time to undertake elaborate ritual
preparations .This result in an increasing demand for ready –made offerings
that many tukang banten produce in their own home , in spite of this
commercialization , the meaning and ritual use of offerings is not diminishing
For almost any ritual ,the enormous number and variety of
offerings required is quite astounding. There are literally hundreds of
different kinds ,the names ,forms sizes ,and ingredients of which differ
greatly .There is also considerable variation from region to region, and even
from village to village .The basic form of most offerings is quite similar
,however .Rice , fruits ,cookies , meat , and vegetables are arranged on a palm
leaf baseand crownedwith a palm leaf decoration called a sampian
,which serves also asa container for
betel and flowers.
Certain offerings are used in many rituals ,whereas others
are specific to a particular ceremony . Basic offerings form groups ( soroh )
around a core offering ,and since most rituals can be performed with varying
degrees of elaboration ,depending upon the occasion and the means and social
status of the participants ,the size and content of theseoffering groups vary also according to the
elaborateness of the ritual.
The size of an offering may be scaled up or down to match
the occasion. For example ,an ordinary pulagembal contains ,among other things
,dozens of different rice dough figures in a palm leaf basket. In more
elaborate rituals , this becomes spectacular construction of brightly colored
cookies ,measuring several meters from top to bottom.
communal offerings associated with a particular ritual , each family brings its
own large and colorful offering to a temple festival. It is a spectacular sight
when women of a neighborhood together carry offerings in procession to a
At the temple , offerings are placed according to their
destination and function .Offerings to gods and ancestors are placed on high
altars ,whereasdemons receive theirs on
the ground .An important differences is that offerings to demons may contains
raw meat ,while those for the gods and ancestors may not. Specific offering
required for ritual are placed in a pavilion temporary platform .
During the ceremony ,a priest purifies the offerings by
sprinkling them with holy water and intoning prayersor mantras .The smoke of incense then wafts
the essence of the offerings to their intended destination . The daily
presentation of offerings at home takes place in a similar way, through the use
of holy water and fire .After the ritual is over and their “essence “ has been
consumed, the offerings may be taken
home and eaten my the worshippers.
The elements that make life on earth possible are
transformed into offerings and thus returned as gifts to their original Creator
. But an offerings not only consists of the fruits of the earth ,but also
mirrors its essential structure ; decorative motifs often symbolize the various
constituents of the Balinese universe . The colors and numbers of flowers and
other ingredients referto deities who
guard the cardinal direction . The requisite betel on top of every offerings
symbolizes the Hindu Trinity, as do the
three basic colors used : red for Brahma ,Black or Green for Wisnu ,and White
Conical shape , whether of offerings as a wholeor of the rice usedin it ,are models of the cosmic mountainwhose central axis links the underworld, the middle world ,and the upper world,symbolic of cosmic totality and the source
of life on earth .Rice dough cookies represent the contents of the world :
plants , animals, people , building , or even little market scenes and gardens
,Pairs of such cookies ,like the sun and moon,the mountain and sea,the earth
and sky,symbolizethe dual ordering of the cosmos in which
complementary elements cannot exist without one another.
The unity of male and female ,necessary for the production
of new life , is in many ways representedin the composition of offerings . By recreating the universe through the
art and medium of offerings, the
Balinese hope that the continuity of life on the earth will be assured.