Traditional Balinese mud bath ritual revived after sixty-year hiatus without public nudity element

After smothering themselves with mud, the Balinese people will then head to the beach together to wash off the mud -- and their sins.

Religion

How Bali’s non-Hindus show religious tolerance and respect on Nyepi

How Bali’s non-Hindus show religious tolerance and respect on Nyepi

Western tourists are not the only people in Bali expected to accommodate the Hindu holiday of Nyepi, which took place yesterday, marking the first day of the Balinese New Year...

Bali ATMs to go offline in preparation for Nyepi

Bali ATMs to go offline in preparation for Nyepi

As the island gets ready for Nyepi (Bali’s Silent Day) on Thursday, Bali banks say that local ATMs will once again be switched off, starting from tomorrow afternoon. “Most...

Bali authorities confirm internet services will be suspended for Nyepi

Bali authorities confirm internet services will be suspended for Nyepi

In response to the appeal by Indonesian Hindu groups, the Bali government yesterday confirmed that, for the second year running, the island will be without any cellular data...

Denpasar residents craft voice-activated ogoh-ogoh for Ngrupuk Parade

Denpasar residents craft voice-activated ogoh-ogoh for Ngrupuk Parade

A group of tech-savvy Denpasar locals have bridged tradition with technology by creating a voice-activated ogoh-ogoh (demonic statue) for this year’s Ngrupuk Parade, which falls...

Corpses piling up at Bali hospitals due to ban on cremations during Panca Wali Krama ceremonies

Corpses piling up at Bali hospitals due to ban on cremations during Panca Wali Krama ceremonies

The Panca Wali Krama, a rare series of ceremonies that reportedly occurs only once in ten years, is well underway at Bali’s Mother Temple, Pura Besakih. The Balinese say that...

Bali religious groups push for a 24-hour total internet shutdown during Nyepi

Bali religious groups push for a 24-hour total internet shutdown during Nyepi

Indonesian Hindu groups are once again urging authorities to cut off Bali’s internet supply during the holy day of Nyepi, which falls on Thursday, March 7, this year. Nyepi,...

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

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...

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...


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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.