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My Grandmother’s Heritage

My Sundanese grandmother was what some people would call a penyembuh. She was a healer in her heart, and somehow – I guess through her ancestors – knew just what combinations of roots, herbs and rice would heal or soothe any health problem. When I would fall and cut myself, she would apply a mixture…

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Ibu Jero, Cook at the French Cafe Library

Is it right that your original name was Made but that since you married a high cast gentleman, it has now changed to Jero ? Yes, that’s right, this is the tradition in Bali, when a lady from the lowest sudra “cast” like myself marries a higher “cast”, she becomes a “Jero”; my husband is…

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Tumpek Krulut, an Affection Day

Denpasar city performs some of dances and play gamelan in Puputan park to celebrate Tumpek Krulut. All gong elements are played to create santha rasa or sense of peaceful which make prosperity both physically and mentally. I.B. Jelantik, a lecture of Udayana University said: “On Tumpek Krulut, Balinese Hindu beliefs that god Siwanataraja comes to the…

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Ketupat War (Perang Ketupat)

As one of the most long-lasting traditions in Bali, Perang Ketipat is an annual tradition since 1337, celebrated by the people of Adat Kapal Village. The unique “war” is a symbol to give gratitude to the Gods. Also known as Aci Rah Pengangon, Ketipat War divides the people to two sides; once everyone’s ready, they…

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Kuningan Holy Day

Saniscara Kliwon Wuku Kuningan is a day on Bali Calendar system where the Balinese celebrate a holy day called Hari Raya Kuningan. On this day offerings is given for the ancestors, ask for prosperity, protection, salvation and guidance from Ida Sanghyang Widhi Wasa (Almighty God). One of the specialties in Kuningan day is ‘nasi kuning…

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Hidden Value in Balinese Tradition

The evidence of the great pilgrimages, Tirta Yatra, are the archeological sites in Pejeng; directly influencing the territory extending all the way along the Petanu and Pakerisan rivers, from the mountain region of Batur to the sea. This still retains its original characteristics and customary features and aspects of the living traditions of Bali. These…

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