3 Bali Culture Facts
1. Families are so close in Bali that each member, be it brother/brother-in-law, sister/sister-in-law, mother & father, uncle & aunt all reside in the same complex. The family dwellings are surrounded by a boundary wall and inside these walls are contained the family temple, commune area, sleeping quarters, vegetable gardens and live stock. Most have several coconut trees and at least one coffee tree.
2. Each stage of Balinese life is marked by a series of ceremonies and rituals known as Manusa Yadnya. The first ceremony of Balinese life takes place even before birth. Another ceremony takes place soon after the birth, during which the afterbirth is buried with appropriate offerings. The first major ceremony takes place halfway through the baby's first Balinese year of 210 days.
At the other end of things, a Balinese cremation can be an amazing, spectacular, colorful, noisy and exciting event. In fact it often takes so long to organise a cremation that years have passed since the death. During that time the body is temporarily buried while an auspicious day is chosen for the cremation. Since a big cremation can be very expensive, less wealthy people may take the opportunity of joining in at a larger cremation, sending their own dead on their way at the same time.
3. Nearly every native of Bali, is an artist in some form or another. These skills are taught to them at an early age by their parents and villagers, who spend their free time making religiously oriented decorations which are placed at many shrines in public areas, paddy fields or in the their homes and place of business. Even in the streets, you will come across these offerings to the gods, so please be respectful and watch where you walk.
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