Bali – only a few years ago it was one of the world’s best kept secrets. Today it is considered one of the best travel destinations of the world. Besides the tropical temperatures, one of the biggest draw for tourists is the Bali culture and the Balinese people. They are what make this vacation destination so memorable.
The culture of Bali today is a mix of age-old traditions from the earliest times and the Western world brought to Indonesia by Dutch colonists. Bali, and all of Indonesia for that matter, is greatly influenced by religion. The famous Bali and Java dance dramas come from Hindu mythology.
Bali is a culture that is very artistic. You will find a number of mediums used including wood, canvas, clay, metal, stone, and paper. Woodcarvings, silver work, engravings, and paintings are all very common. You will have no problem finding interesting and unique pieces to take home with you.
The temples in Bali are interesting to tourists, but for the locals they are still a very place that goes far beyond a tourist attraction. There is said to be more than 10,000 temples in Indonesia. Temples are designed to be enjoyable resting places for the Gods on their island stay. This is why there is much entertainment that occurs in the temples – it is to appeal to the Gods and Goddesses.
In fact, in three village temples there are endless festivals occurring.
- Pura Puseh – is a temple that is dedicated to the village ancestors
- Pura Dalem – is the temple of death that is dedicated to the death deities and creation
- Pural Desa – is a temple for official celebrations in the village
To really make the most of your Bali vacation you should allow yourself to immerse in the local culture. It is in this way that you will truly begin to see the richness and beauty of Bali that goes far beyond the day-to-day sights and sounds designed to attract tourists from around the world.