Gov’t reviewing release of Abu Bakar Bashir after firebrand cleric rejects loyalty pledge to Indonesia

Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Wiranto yesterday announced that the government is still reviewing the release of Abu Bakar Bashir, despite previous announcements that President Joko Widodo had signed off on the firebrand cleric’s early parole for humanitarian reasons.

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A Right Royal Send-off: Family bids farewell to Bali nobleman in extravagant fashion

A Right Royal Send-off: Family bids farewell to Bali nobleman in extravagant fashion

Hundreds of people gathered in the streets of Blahbatuh yesterday to watch the funeral procession of I Gusti Ngurah Djelantik XXIV, a royal descendant who was honored with a...

Traditional healers to get special counters at Bali hospitals: Governor

Traditional healers to get special counters at Bali hospitals: Governor

Shamans will have a place at hospitals in Bali, says the island’s governor, Wayan Koster. Special counters will be opened for balian, or traditional, spiritual healers, and...

Swiss couple goes viral with Balinese-style wedding ceremony in the Alps (VIDEO)

Swiss couple goes viral with Balinese-style wedding ceremony in the Alps (VIDEO)

A Swiss couple has gone viral with a video of their Balinese-style nuptials. What makes this couple so different than any of the hundreds of other foreigners getting married on...

Indonesian Hindus gather for mass prayer in Palu for earthquake-tsunami recovery

Indonesian Hindus gather for mass prayer in Palu for earthquake-tsunami recovery

Hindus in the devastated Indonesian city of Palu gathered to pray for recovery for the earthquake and tsunami stricken city. Praying en masse at Pura Agung Wana Kertha Jagatnatha...

Bali government to regulate tourists’ temple entry after another foreigner pictured posing inappropriately

Bali government to regulate tourists’ temple entry after another foreigner pictured posing inappropriately

One of the new Bali Province administration’s first orders of business will be regulating how tourists enter the island’s many temples. Known as the “island of 1,000...

Indonesian imam leading prayer as quake hits goes viral

Indonesian imam leading prayer as quake hits goes viral

A video of an Indonesian imam stoically reciting evening prayers in Bali as a deadly earthquake struck neighboring Lombok has gone viral on social media, with internet users...

China working with Balinese Hindus to build temple in Middle Kingdom

China working with Balinese Hindus to build temple in Middle Kingdom

Chinese are coming to Bali by the thousands, but now Balinese will leave their impact on the mainland. China is working with Balinese Hindus to build a temple in the country to...

Bali’s Besakih temple still open despite volcanic eruptions just kilometers away

Bali’s Besakih temple still open despite volcanic eruptions just kilometers away

Just mere kilometers away from the erupting Mount Agung, Bali’s biggest and holiest temple, Besakih, remains open to the public. At about five to six kilometers from the...

Mass interfaith prayers held in Bali in wake of Surabaya attacks

Mass interfaith prayers held in Bali in wake of Surabaya attacks

People of different religions in Bali have banded together to pray collectively for the numerous victims of a series of attacks on the Indonesian island of Java and now the...


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Coconuts Bali Religion

Religion is such a major part of life for most Balinese, but the topic doesn’t tend to make the news that often because of the harmonious nature of the island. Balinese predominantly practice Hinduism, which is extremely evident here with the temples on every corner and canang sari offerings on every street. Big Hindu holidays though often stop the island and demand attention from all—Nyepi, the Balinese Hindu New Year and “Day of Silence”, literally does this as the whole island is mandated to power down and cut electricity and stay inside. You can also find Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims, on the whole living peacefully in Bali amongst Hindus.