Power of Prayer?: Hindus hold ceremonies for active volcano Mt. Agung while thousands of Muslims pray that island is spared

Balinese Hindus have been conducting a number of ceremonies at Mt. Agung, trying to prevent a deadly eruption from the volcano, while Muslims across the island have been getting together and likewise praying that the island is spared from a great natural disaster. Agung, a volcano located in Karangasem, Bali, has shown increased activity with ...

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‘Attention Bali Indonesia’: American street preacher tells Balinese they need to ‘repent’ and ‘follow Jesus’ after claiming to get death threats

‘Attention Bali Indonesia’: American street preacher tells Balinese they need to ‘repent’ and ‘follow Jesus’ after claiming to get death threats

American evangelical street preacher Angela Cummings has a message for Bali and her delivery is anything but gentle. In a two-minute video posted to her YouTube account on Sunday,...

Bali deputy governor distributes goats for sacrifice at mosques for Idul Adha: A message of tolerance and good PR ahead of gubernatorial race

Bali deputy governor distributes goats for sacrifice at mosques for Idul Adha: A message of tolerance and good PR ahead of gubernatorial race

Bali’s deputy governor, Ketut Sudikerta has been helping Muslims on the island get ready to celebrate the approaching sacrifice holiday, Idul Adha. The Golkar party politician...

Thousands of cows set sail: Surge in Bali cattle exports ahead of Idul Adha sacrifice holiday

Thousands of cows set sail: Surge in Bali cattle exports ahead of Idul Adha sacrifice holiday

Bali’s seen a surge in demand for cattle from other parts of the country ahead of the approaching Idul Adha holiday, where Muslims around Indonesia will sacrifice large...

Narcotics Agency recruits Bali religious leaders in the island’s ‘fight against drugs’

Narcotics Agency recruits Bali religious leaders in the island’s ‘fight against drugs’

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) is getting local religious leaders involved in the ‘fight against drugs’ in Bali. BNN Bali Chief Brig. Gen. Putu Gede Suastawa discussed...

Statues removed from Bali-themed park in Malaysia after complaints, too ’offensive’ for Muslims

Statues removed from Bali-themed park in Malaysia after complaints, too ’offensive’ for Muslims

Two statues have been removed from Malaysia’s MBI Desaku Park in Padang Meha, Kulim Kedah, following complaints by locals that the figures of winged women were offensive and...

Bali’s iconic Ulun Danu temple quickly reopens after momentarily closed to public following alleged financial scandal

Bali’s iconic Ulun Danu temple quickly reopens after momentarily closed to public following alleged financial scandal

Bali’s iconic Ulun Danu Beratan temple shut down yesterday afternoon, blocking out tourists, only to quickly reopen again today after an alleged financial scandal involving...

Sanur’s Padang Galak Beach could be the site of another hotel or project, kite-flyers fear end of open space in area

Sanur’s Padang Galak Beach could be the site of another hotel or project, kite-flyers fear end of open space in area

Sanur’s Padang Galak Beach is a favorite amongst kite-flyers in Bali, but talk of a potential hotel or other development project in the spot have some members of the local...

Trump Tower Bali: Bali farmers were forced off ancestral land during Suharto era to make way for resort Trump is building over

Trump Tower Bali: Bali farmers were forced off ancestral land during Suharto era to make way for resort Trump is building over

The land where Trump is laying down his controversial six-star resort in Bali has a sordid history. It’s already bad enough that Trump’s Bali Tower threatens to cast a shadow...

1.2 million people traveled through Bali’s airport for Lebaran holiday, spike up from previous year

1.2 million people traveled through Bali’s airport for Lebaran holiday, spike up from previous year

A massive flow of people came through Bali during the Lebaran holiday this year, marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. While Muslims from around the country...


 

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.