Bali: Crafts

Bali Arts & Crafts, Wood Carving, Batik, Canvas

Artistic Bali is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. The Balinese have an inborn talent of absorbing different cultural elements, blending them with their own, to produce dynamic new artistic hybrids. Across the years, Bali has soaked up Chinese, Buddhist, Indian, Hindu, Javanese and Western influences.

The Balinese were, traditionally, animists. Even when Hinduism arrived in Bali, its practices were adapted to go hand in hand with local traditions, thus making Hinduism in Bali very much different from its original form in India. Even the Hindu Mahabarata and Ramayana epics take on Balinese nuances and beliefs when played out in the wayang.

Other aspects of Balinese life follow suit. Take for instance, its performing arts. Bali’s dance, music and Wayang theatres still retain rich religious connotations, after having been enriched by contemporary artistry, and are still performed to appease and please the gods. This is illustrated in the trance dance of the Barong, or the intense Kecak dance; which retains very Balinese elements but includes a rhythm set by Western influences.

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Balinese Food: Top Ten Best Bali Food

Most Popular Food In Bali

Thousands of islands with different cultures make up Indonesia, so no wonder its food is just as diverse. To complement the holiday experience on Bali, you would not want to miss out on its assortment of dishes.

These include interesting and exotic selections such as ‘lawar’, ‘bebek betutu’, the Balinese satay version known as ‘sate lilit’, and the island’s famed ‘babi guling’ whole spit-roast pig. The Balinese have a rich collection of snacks, cakes and desserts for your sweet tooth too!

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Bali – Geography

Mount Agung

From http://www.worldatlas.com:

Statistics

  • Land Area:
    (land) 2,174 sq miles (5,632 sq km)
    (water) 0 sq miles (0 sq km)
    (TOTAL) 2,174 sq miles (5,632 sq km)To convert sq km (kilometers) to sq mi (miles)
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  • Latitude & Longitude:
  • Denpasar (capital city)
    (08° 39′ S, 115° 13′ E)
  • Horizontal Width: 54.08 miles (87.03 km) from Gilimanuk east to Catur
  • Vertical Length: 62.15 miles (100.02 km) from Yeh Sanih south to SanurNote: Lengths and widths are point-to-point, straight-line measurements from a Mercator map projection, and will vary some using other map projections
  • Geographic Center: About 16.28 miles (26.2 km) southwest of Catur
  • Highest Point:Mount Agung 10,328 ft. (3,148 m)
  • Lowest Point:Bali Sea 0 m

Geography

Bali lies 3.2 km (2 mi) east of Java, and is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. The Bali Strait separates Bali and Java.

The island’s central mountains include several peaks over 3,000 meters in elevation. The highest is Mount Agung, standing at 10,328 ft. (3,148 m) An active volcano known as the “Mother Mountain,” it last erupted in 1963, and lava flows devastated numerous villages, killing 1,500 people.

Bali’s volcanic nature has contributed to its exceptional fertility and its tall mountain ranges provide the high rainfall that supports the highly productive agriculture sector. South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali’s large rice crop is grown.

The northern side of the mountains slopes more steeply to the sea and is the main coffee producing area of the island, along with rice, vegetables and cattle.

Dozens of (very small) rivers drain the island. The longest river, the Ayung, flows approximately 75 km.

The island is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south tend to have white sand while those in the north and west have black sand.

GENERAL INTEREST:

  • Calling Code: 62, then 361
  • Electricity: 127/230V, 50Hz

Weather

Bali experiences pleasant (low humidity) conditions with average daily temperatures between 70 and 93 degrees (21 – 33°C) year-round. The island’s rainy season is December through March, with most of the showers occurring in the evening.

(All maps, graphics, flags, photos and original descriptions @ 2016 worldatlas.com)

 

Where is Bali?

Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.

Bali is Indonesia’s favorite tourist destination, known for its natural attractions, perfect climate and relaxed atmosphere. This island of flowers, temples and friendly people is considered a real gem by travelers worldwide.

In addition to spas and archaeological attractions, surfing and scuba diving in Bali remain a principle interest for water sport enthusiasts around the world.

From the tranquil reefs of Padang Bai in the northwest, to the breathtaking drift diving off Nusa Penida in the south, Bali is teeming with reputable dive centers.

Fast Facts

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  • Ethnicity: Balinese (89%), Javanese (7%), Baliaga (1%), Madurese (1%)
  • Language: Indonesian (official), Balinese
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Denpasar, Singaraja, Tabanan, Negara, Kuta, Ubud, Klungkung
  • National Day: August 17
  • Religion: Hindu (92.29%), Muslim (5.69%), Christian (1.38%), Buddhist (0.64%)

Flags

Bali flag 

The flag of Bali contains the province coat of arms, centered on a light saffron background.

From the WORLD ATLAS

7 Awesome Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

Best well-known destination of the country, the Island of the Gods or Island of a Thousand Temples, Bali experience is a combination of salty air, religious beliefs, fascinating structures and culture and big wide smiles. Lots do to and lots to see, it’s an all in one island experience, a balanced life of tranquility and hype. And to give you a picture of how incredible life in Bali is, together, let us discover some of the awesome things to do in Bali, Indonesia!

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