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Canang & Mbanten

Sometimes I feel Bali is not like Bali anymore. In a sense that you could meet lots of people, mostly white people, from all over the world that in some place you'll see less locals. This place has become a hot spot for international citizen to meet and interact. In the same time though, Baliness still hold on to their culture and religion. Despite the life style that are more modern and jointed with western style at some point, when it comes to their gods and tradition, Baliness people are as obedience as ones you could imagine. 

Since they're a kid, children in Bali from Hindu family are taught how to mbanten. A procession to pray and present canang (the gift to Gods, consist of flowers and some other things) to the Gods. You can find lots of canang on the streets whenever you're in Bali, on the beach, under a big tree, in the car, in front of the gate of houses, in front of every door of a store, everywhere. Baliness believe in the spirits all around them and by giving them the gift to feed them, they believe the spirits will help them back as well. 

8 comments:

  1. I really hope that I someday am able to visit wonderful Bali. It sounds so intriguing.

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  2. I loved hearing about the canang and some of the traditions of your home. I'd love to make it to Bali one day and see them for myself. It seems like a place with great energy.

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  3. I have never heard about this tradition! That sounds lovely! It is great when you share things like that. I want to learn more about your place!

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  4. lovely tradition. when i was in hawaii, the locals were also telling me about the influx of people from mainland us moving and bringing with them all sorts of "behaviors" that eroded on their way of life. driving fast, being loud, etc. we were on the island of maui and the local children play and hens and dogs cross the roads.. but so many people drive way past the speeding limit which made things more dangerous. it was a worry folks didn't have before.

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  5. This is a lovely post - so wonderful to hear about Balinese traditions!

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  7. this is so interesting and your photography is absolutely stunning. i love the insight on this tradition...i learned something! Bali looks beautiful...

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  8. I hope Bali never truly loses its Baliness! At least not before I can come visit ;)

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