Trunyan cemetery located in the Trunyan village on the west of mount Abang and on the eastern of Batur lake. This cemetery has unique in burial process. On the burial ritual they bring the dead body by a boat to the cemetery. Instead of burial or cremations, it just simply laid on the ground, covered with clothes, covered by bamboo cage (ancak) and decomposed. They also put the favorite stuff belong to the dead body such as clothes, plates, glasses, sandals, cigarettes, coins, etc.
Along the ‘weird’ burial procession women forbidden to join the process. Trunyan people believed if women join on the burial process, their village will have a disaster. Amazingly this burial process is not produce stinky smell, no flies nor maggots in the corpse body. Only married people and died in the normal way that able to join in this cemetery (Sema Wayah). For Trunyan people who died by accident or illness or suicide is forbidden to join in this cemetery. They have special place and named it as ‘Sema Batas’. For baby, children and unmarried people they have own cemetery and named as ‘Sema Muda’.
The Trunyan people believe that ‘Tarumenyan’ tree absorb the smells or neutralize the strong smells of the dead body. Tarumenyan consist of two words, Taru and Menyan. Taru means tree, Menyan means nice smell. This name also derivative to their village name. Tarumenyan become Trunyan.
The Trunyan inscription founded in the main temple in Trunyan and show the dates in 833 Isaka years or 911 AD. But, the Trunyan village believed exist since megalithic era considering some megalithic stones founded in Trunyan village and the heritage megalithic culture itself. This reason believed that Trunyan people are the native bali people.
WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VISIT THIS CEMETERY?
Unique Cementery because instead of burial or cremations, just simply laid on the ground. Left to decompose. But, no stinky smell.
WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IT?
8.00 AM – 3.00 PM.
HOW MUCH THE ENTRANCE FEE?
IDR 10K per person.
About 65 km northeast of Denpasar or 2 hour and 15 minutes.
About 42 km northeast of Ubud or 1 hours and 30 minutes.
About 80 km northeast of Kuta beach or 2 hours and 30 minutes.
About 83 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour and 45 minutes.
The samsakara perfomed immediatly after child birth is called Jatakarma. In this samsakara the father has to chant spesific mantras into the right ear of new born and feed the mixture of madhu, ghrta, and svrna bahsma to the new born followed by breast feeding to child.
Jatakarma (birth ride): The first samskara to be done after birth is jatakarma. The child is made to lick a mixture of honey and ghee while the mantras are being chanted.
Ritual of Jatakarma:
- Entry : The entry is when the new born child is brought into this world
- Preparation : First, a spoon of honey, curds and clarified butter is given to the child to lick. Mantras specific to the ritual are whispered into the right ear or over the naval of the child. This is to give long life to the child.
- Climax : Then, the father touches the child’s shoulders and chants more mantras (still having hands on the child) while chanting verses from the three Vedas, the father breathes three times over the child. This rite of Jatakarma also includes the breathing of five brahmanas from the east Prana, Vyana, Apana, Udana and Samana (these are the names of the five vayus).
- Celebration : While the father is chanting, the mother of the child offers him/her breast milk. The father of the child then bends down and touches the spot of earth where the child was born, still chanting the mantras. After this, the parents give a name to the new child. The father then bathes, shaves and purifies the house. He then performs Ha-van. All of the elements before this point are performed on anywhere between the 10th to the 12th day after the child is born. The early rituals are important because it is proven that anything absorbed in the years up until age five, will stay set in the persons mind for life. The symbol for Om (the prayer word) is drawn on the tongue of the child with the end of the golden spoon, this is so that his words will lead him to spirituality.
- Exit : The word “Vedosi” is whispered into the ear of the child by the father. This word means that you are a knowledgeable person, and this concludes the ceremony.
Nyepi is unique in the world, i recommend you to visiting Bali during Nyepi which will be an eyes opening on one of the most wonderful culture and will as well let you reconnect with your inner self during this silent day of meditation.
On Nyepi day itself, every street is quite. There are nobody doing their normal daily activities. There is usually Pecalangs (traditional Balinese security man) who controls and checks for street security. Pecalang wear a black uniform and a Udeng or Destar (a Balinese traditional “hat” that is usually used in ceremony). The Pecalangs main task is not only to control the security of the street but also to stop any activities that disturb Nyepi. No traffic is allowed, not only cars but also people, who have to stay in their own houses. Light is kept to a minimum or not at all, the radio or TV is turned down and no one works. The whole day is simply filled with the barking of a few dogs, the shrill of insect and is a simple long quiet day in the calendar of this otherwise hectic island. On Nyepi the world expected to be clean and everything starts anew, with Man showing his symbolic control over himself and the “force” of the World, hence the mandatory religious control.
FACT ABOUT NYEPI:
1. Nyepi is preceded by the Melasti ritual (3-4 days beforehand) performed near the sea, in order to purify sacred items from the temples. Melasti is meant to clean the pratima or arca or pralingga (statue), with symbols that help to concentrate the mind in order to become closer to God. The ceremony is aimed to clean all nature and its content, and also to take the Amerta (the source for eternal life) from the ocean or other water resources (lake, river, etc). Three days before Nyepi, all the effigies of the Gods from all the village temples are taken to the river in long and colourful ceremonies. There, they have are bathed by the Neptune of the Balinese Lord, the God Baruna, before being taken back home to their shrines.
2. One million litter of fuel is saved during Nyepi’s silent day. It is also prohibited to use electricity except in hospitals
3. CO2 emissions are drastically reduced thanks to Nyepi. However, Ogoh-ogoh are not made of bio-degradable materials (5,000 of them are paraded every year)
4. Nyepi helps to conserve the wonderful and magical Balinese culture among younger generations (Ogoh-Ogoh are mostly made by children and was introduced recently in the 1980’s)
5. During Nyepi Day’s, the island is free of traffic,noise,pollution, even the airport and Bali’s aerial space is closed!
6. Nyepi is the only time of the year and only place on Earth where you can do absolutely nothing without any guilt!
7. No hotels check in or check out on Nyepi Day. No shops are opened. Make sure to have kept food at home. Some hotels also propose a “Nyepi package” including meditation.
8. Even the most popular world surf spots are empty nobody is allowed to surf. And if you stay by the beach, it will be beautiful to witness!
Bali is known the world over for its’ iconic rice paddies, meditation retreats and fantastic organic cuisine. So if you’re coming to Bali to immerse yourself in the local culture – yoga, great organic cafes, unique boutiques, and scenic temples – then you’re gonna want to know about these 20 favourite places in Bali!
1. Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is a small rock formation off the coast of Bali and home to the renowned Pula Tanah Lot temple. Particularly beautiful at sunset or sunrise, this temple is a must see when in Bali!
2. Uluwatu Temple
This UNESCO World Heritage listed temple is a very sacred place for Balinese and offers fantastic views from the cliffs of Uluwatu. Most travellers choose to visit in the late afternoon to capture one of the iconic Uluwatu sunsets, so if you plan to visit then be sure to expect plenty of traffic on the return to popular tourist areas like Seminyak, Kuta or Nusa Dua.
3. Ubud Rice Terraces
Rice terraces are everywhere in Bali, but nowhere are they in more abundance than Ubud. Be sure to hire a driver for the day (around $50 a day) to take you in and around Ubud, plus anywhere else you wish to go.
4. Potato Head Beach Club
If you’re in Bali for a “boys trip” or “girls trip” aka you have reason to celebrate, then Potato Head Beach Club is the place to go. The place is crowded every day of the week, so be sure to arrive early if you want to score a good spot.
5. Desa Seni Yoga, Canggu
If there’s just one place to practice Yoga in Bali, Desa Seni would be it. Here they also have accommodations and training to become an instructor.
6. Ubud Monkey Forest
This place is just too cute to miss. As the name suggests, the Ubud Monkey Forest is full of local monkeys just waiting to meet travellers passing through. Just be sure when feeding them bananas they’re a lively bunch!
7. Spa Alila at Alila Soori
The spa at Alila Villas Soori is perhaps one of the most subtle, sensual spas I have experienced in the world. The design of the spa (and the hotel more generally) is minimal, making it feel like a sanctuary a world’s away from the hustle and bustle of Bali. Alila Soori is quite a drive out of the way in Tabanan, but the drive out offers travellers an insight into “old” Bali – untouched, no high-rises, and plenty of local life.
8. Mount Batur
So you’ve seen the photos of those iconic 6am horizon shots overlooking Bali – but where are they taken from!? If you want to experience a hike in Bali, then the best on offer is arguably Mount Batur for sunrise. While you’ll have to wake early, the sights are certainly worth it.
9. White Water Rafting
This is perhaps one of the funnest activities to enjoy whilst in Bali. If you’re around during the rainy season, you’ll be delighted to know that while that means rainy days and nights, it also means more water for the rapids! There are a range of companies offering day tours into the mountains where you can enjoy a couple of hours rafting down river.
10. Batu Balong Beach
This beach and surrounding area (Canggu) offer some of the best surf in Bali, along with a great range of organic and vegan cafes, small boutiques, and much less commercialisation than other areas of Bali.
There’s a reason why millions of people travel to Indonesia every single year. Bali is mostly a Hinduistic island that has managed to keep most of its original culture, So you will be able to update your Instagram wherever you go with photos of temples, rice fields and traditional architecture. Bali will with its top of its class culture, friendly locals, amazing landscapes and chill vibe not only offer a great surf trip, but also an experience that will stick with you for the rest of your life.
Surf Camps in Bali
Bali has two surf camps in Indonesia, both located in Bali and both truly amazing. One is located in Canggu, just north of Kuta and Seminyak. Here you will have almost whatever you want of nightlife, restaurants in all shapes and colors, along with some shopping, accompanied with a really chill and laidback vibe. Our other camp is located in Gianyar, located on the east side of Bali and features an epic beach access and chill vibe at the camp. Both surf camps in Bali promise good times and a great surf trip.
Here they are:
A surf trip to Gianyar
Surf Camp Gianyar is located on the green and fertile east coast, surrounded by stunning areas perfect for relaxing. Things are very peaceful here, so if you are looking for the perfect, stress free getaway, this is the place for you. You’ll ﬁnd world class waves at spots like Keramas, Klotok and Ketewel just 5-20 minutes drive from the camp. If you are eager for some city vibe, Kuta is located 40 minutes away and Sanur 25 minutes away, both offering restaurants, shopping and a vibrating nightlife.
In Gianyar you will ﬁnd surf for all levels, from beginner to pro. The most famous nearby surf break is Keramas, located only 4 km from the camp. There’s also several, largely uncrowded waves in the surrounding area. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn to surf or an intermediate keen to step up to the next level, the area around Gianyar has the waves for you.
- Accommodation in Gianyar
VILLA GIANYAR : Stay right at the beach with luxurious accommodation and amazing hangout areas on your surf trip to Gianyar, Bali. This beach villa offers the best of surf, a laid back feel, and great tropical surroundings.
A SURF TRIP TO CANGGU
Canggu is made up of several small villages and has a vibrant vibe. You’ll get the feel of being close to nature, even though you’re just a short scooter ride from both nightlife and restaurants. The trendy town of Seminyak is close by, and here you’ll find even more restaurants, shops, bars and spas as if the many in Canggu aren’t enough. We think that this is the perfect setup for a surf trip: stunning surroundings, amazing surf, as well as having the possibility of enjoying shopping and nightlife if you want to.
- Accommodation in Canggu
VILLA TUGAH : is located in a calm and traditional neighborhood of Canggu, but within a short distance of both nightlife and restaurants. You’ll find several things to do at the camp in between the surf sessions, like a volleyball court, slackline, two pools and a ping pong table all outdoors so you can work up a great tan as you hang out in Bali.
LEVEL TO LEARN SURF
- Who is level 1 surf course for?
This course is for you that have never surfed before, or that haven’t surfed in a while and want to go through the basics one more time. The beaches of Bali are great for beginners, offering easy white water waves for you to ride and improve your surfing on. We’ll give you a fun and encouraging introduction to surfing, and share the stoke when you catch your very first waves.
2. Who is level 2 surf course for?
This level is designed for those of you that have passed our level 1 or/and can catch and ride a white water wave on your own. The level 2 surf course will focus on getting to the outside (lineup) in waist high waves. How to catch green waves and ride the face of the wave instead of going straight in the white water.
3. Who is level 3 surf course for?
This level is designed for those that have passed our level 2/can catch waist high green waves on your own and surf frontside and backside. Knowledge you need to feel confident to surf most breaks, focusing on entry and exit from the break, surf etiquette and which breaks are the best for your level of surfing. You’ll also learn to do small manoeuvres in the amazing surf breaks of Gianyar, Bali.
Bali’s tropical beauty and exotic culture have captured the imagination of Westerners for decades, and any vacation there should be planned to make the most of both. Bali is blessed with a cultural and natural landscape to captivate the most jaded of travellers. I would like to share to all of you who want comes to bali and going to beautiful beaches in BALI.
Bali has been called “The Island of the Gods” due to the thousands of Hindu temples found everywhere. However, it is also a paradise for mere mortals and a Bali vacation is a heavenly experiences in many ways.
PART of the Equator BALI:
- South: The island of Bali stretches approximately 153 kilometres/95 miles from east to west and 112 kilometres/70 miles from north to south. The geographical make-up of the island is very varied. There are the numerous first-rate beach resorts to be found on a Bali vacation, mainly in the south.
- Central: Contains tropical forests, rice paddies and an actual live volcano plus is the site of the beautiful and mystical town of Ubud.
- North: Are several quiet beaches with black sand for those who crave a more serene existence. One aspect of a Bali beach vacation is that you can choose from resorts that are lively, offers surfing and large waves or those that are calm, more relaxed and also suitable for families. As a rule of thumb, the west coast has the surf and the east coast, the calm seas.
The Beaches of Bali:
Bali has an excellent selection of beaches, each of which has its own character and personality catering to every taste and budget for Bali vacations. Starting on the WEST COAST:
- Kuta is one of Bali’s most popular tourist destinations, the beach for those who like a lively, fast-paced resort with plenty of amenities and nightlife. There are also a large selection of restaurants, bars and shops(Discovery Mall, Beachwalk). For surfers, Kuta is one of the many beaches available for this activity and will appeal to lesser-skilled surfers. For sunset worshippers, Kuta provides amazing colors to marvel at most evenings.
- Jimbaran, once a sleepy fishing village, located in south-west. There is a very safe white sand beach for swimming. One major attraction on Bali vacations is the mainly open air, grilled seafood restaurants from which, while dining, you can watch the sunset.
- Seminyak which is a little less serene than Jimbaran. The white sand beach here stretches for around 3 kilometres/2 miles. There are a number of boutique style shops and good restaurants. Once again, the sunsets are spectacular.
- Lovina Beach, much further north is a low key, relaxed resort where the waves are calm and the area shaded by palm trees. It is the place to watch the fishing boats depart in the afternoon as the sunset begins to redden the sky. The beach area is spread over 8 kilometres/5 miles and is dotted with small coastal villages.
Moving to the EAST COAST:
- Nusa Dua caters to all types of visitors on Bali vacations with a good selection of hotels. It is quieter than most Bali beaches but not lacking in restaurants and bars plus there is an excellent shopping mall and an 18 hole golf course.
- Tanjung Benoa is the place for motorized water sports as well as being a family-friendly resort with its calm waters.
- Sanur Beach was one of the first to be developed and has been characterized as the exact opposite to Kuta Beach. It is a former fishing village with much charm. It is known for its laidback atmosphere and is suitable for those wanting a quiet Bali vacation.
Balinese people considering tattoo as an art that is poured over the skin permanently.
Besides an art expression, tattoo is also a symbol of many, masculinity, religious expression, interest, etc. The development of tattoo in Bali is moving rapidly in terms of design or color. The traditional society in Bali make tattoo with natural ingredients available in the nature. For coloring purposes, people use banana sap mixed with soot and coconut oil. Three basic ingredients are mixed and applied to the skin.
The Balinese Hindu knows a culture called rajah or rerajahan. Rerajahan itself is about marking the body with letters, mantra or the existence of Magical mythology element contained in literature which is believed to have magical powers. The history of rajah in Bali was begun in the kingdom era or the time when knowledge and trade entered Bali at that time.
Tattoo was utilized as a personal mean to mark the people social status and a part of harmonious society in the past. According to the process in making tattoo, tattooing is called as mencocoh in Balinese language because the human skin is dicocoh or stabbed using a black-inked needle.
In the early development era, tattoos in Bali only favored by the elite (shamans, rulers and clerics). Bali tattoo designs contain magical values, such as Balinese ornaments, candidates of leaders, puppet figures, pictures of rerejahan, and sacred scripts (Acintya, Tri-sula, Cakra). The usage of tattoo are only belongs to those who have high position, especially those who are considered as people that close to God. The traditional Balinese tattoo types or motives divided into four kinds, namely Kala, Symbolic, Weapons and Gods.
TYPES of TATTOO IN BALI
The most popular motive for tattoo in Bali is Barong. Barong itself is the name of a typical Balinese dance depicting a Barong-shaped spirit that guards the Balinese people. Barong is quite famous in Bali and it becomes the icon of Bali. Due to its uniqueness, many tourists are coming to Bali to get barong picture tattooed on their bodies. Tattoo lovers around the world who come to Bali usually make tattoo barong on their bodies.
The tattoo itself can be adjusted either temporary or permanent because the price is affordable. The artistic art drawings, the complexity of the making process, and its affordable price make this barong tattoo gain international recognition quickly. Baron tattoo can be made on your back, chest, arms, and legs according to your preference. You can make it colorful or black and white, and the size of this tattoo can be customized as well.
Besides barong type, there are also some tattoo types that are popular in Bali. Kala type usually consists of bald-headed giant, Rangda, Kala, Kala Rau Makan Bulan, Raja Banaspati, Sang Kala Raksa, Buta Siu, Sang Jogor Manik. Symbolic type consists of the picture of Ongkara, Acintya, as well as various sacred characters such as Ang, Ung, Mang. Weapon type shows chain drawings, keris, ax and mace. Last but not least, Gods type usually use the images of famous gods in Hinduism, such as Vishnu god, Brahma god, goddess Durga, goddess Lakshmi, goddess Saraswati.
Best Tattoo Studios in Bali
Tattoo studios in Bali aren’t hard to find, especially throughout the island’s main southern beach resort areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. However, choosing the best out of the many is rather more difficult since you do not want to regret it for the rest of your life, right? The professionalism, skill and experience of the tattoo artists is one thing; but quality and hygiene are equally important. Some recommendations to help you decide on where to get your body tattooed perfectly in Bali:
a. Artful Ink Tattoo Studio
The first one is Artful Ink Tattoo Studio This studio is an international tattoo network in Bali and it provides a good art and good energy. The artful ink tattoo studio is located in Seminyak, Petitenget route, Bali, so you can find this studio easily.
This studio maintains to give the customers a high standard in design, use of genuine Italian and Californian inks, sterile and single-use equipment, and overall hygiene. This tattoo studio offers interesting design such as script translations of Sanksrit from English.
b. Mason’s Ink Studio
Mason’s Ink is another popular studio in Bali which established based on simple idea. This studio is spotless with hospital grade equipment and setup, it adheres to the Australian hygiene standard made this studio as the Bali’s cleanest tattoo studio.
The design offered in this studio such as colorful ink works, which go very well into graded watercolour-style floral and feather patterns. This studio is located in Kuta and Seminyak, Bali.
Just the thought of snorkeling at night used to make us a bit nervous. But after doing it a few times we can honestly say that we really enjoy it. Some of the things you get to see are so amazing. Admittedly, we are always a bit unnerved, swimming around in the dark in the water, but that greatly adds to the thrill and excitement. This page will tell you why we recommend you try it, what you might see, and how to prepare for your adventure.
• Why Go Snorkeling At Night?
UNIQUE CREATURES & EXCITEMENT
The big reason to go snorkeling at night is because you get to see many things that you can’t during the day. Plus it is just exciting. Many creatures are out feeding at night that are not around during the day at all. Eels and octopus, lobsters and shrimp are all much more active at night. And some shrimps eyes are brightly reflective, and you can see hundreds of them peering out at you from the reef or rocks.
Corals can be magnificent at night. Most of the time they are closed up during the day, and hardly resemble something alive. But at night they can transform into living animals, blooming out in stunning colors, feeding with their little tentacle bodies, like the Orange Cup Coral below. At night you may also see corals spawning, with a cloud-like release of eggs and sperm.
LOOK AROUND THE EDGES
When you are out snorkeling around in the dark it is easy to get focused on the little stuff right in front of you. But if you regularly pan your light around, looking out into deeper waters and farther away, you may catch sight of an Eagle Ray, or something else big, playing around the edges of your light. And don’t forget to sweep your light across a seemingly boring sandy area, where you might find an octopus ranging around on the hunt. They also love to hide in the ends of pipes, and other natural holes.
THE BEST PLACES TO NIGHT SNORKEL
Because snorkeling at night can be a bit unnerving, I prefer to do it in places where there is some light coming from shore, from street lights, or hotel lights. It gives a sense of direction and a little peace. Moonlight can be nice also. I also like places that have a bit of rock rubble or coral, because lobsters and shrimp like to hang out around those. And as mentioned above, blooming coral can be beautiful. Pick a place where you can easily find your exit. It should have a light on the beach, or something you can see. You don’t want to get lost.
GET A GUIDED TO YOUR FIRST TIME
One of the best ways to do your first night snorkel is to sign up for a guided trip. These can happen from beaches or boats. The great thing about a guided tour is that they will generally provide your lights, and will know just what to look for, pointing out where the different creatures are hiding, that you might normally miss. It is the best way to get used to snorkeling at night before venturing off on your own.
ALWAYS GO WITH BUDDY
I recommend you snorkel with a friend. Two lights are better than one, particularly when your batteries die.
BEST VALUE SNORKLING IN BALI: SWIM WITH MANTA RAYS IN NUSA PENINDA
• Swim with the majestic manta rays of Nusa Penida on an amazing snorkeling trip from Bali. Stop at the famous Manta Point, discover the natural beauty of Crystal Bay and go to Mangrove Point for the perfect snorkeling adventure in the Indian Ocean. Prices : From US$77.50/person
• Printed or mobile voucher accepted
• Instant confirmation
• Live guide : English
• Pick-up service Pick-up from the lobby of your hotel in Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu, Sanur or Ubud. Please note that if you are staying in Ubud, the pick-up is at 07:30, and if you are staying in the Sanur area, the pick-up is at 08:30.
When you get there?
Know before you go • Please note that the itinerary may be adjusted at the last minute in order to keep you safe from the strong swells of the Indian Ocean.
Megibung tradition introduced by King of Karangasem that I Gusti Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah around 1614 Caka or 1692 century. This tradition was brought by I Gusti Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah win the war in conquering kingdoms in Sasak, Lombok . In the past, when the soldiers were eating, the king made a rule to eat together in a circular position called ‘Megibung’. Read the rest of this entry
Born of a baby in a family is a very beautiful gift for each couple. The presence of baby often brings the happiness in the family. Balinese people have a unique tradition to welcome the baby. The tradition realized in various religious ceremonies for babies. The main purpose is to invoke the blessings of salvation to God and the power of the ancestors, so that the baby can live according to the teachings of truth. What kind of ceremonies was held for the baby in Bali Island? Read the rest of this entry