Inside The Life of a Balinese Princess

When one thinks of “Royalty”, the first thought might most likely be castles and guards and shiny thrones. This, however is not quite the case for Balinese Royalty. Ida Ayu Prita is a descendant of one of the highest castes in the Balinese Hindu faith thus automatically making her the “Princess” of her royal village,…

In Conversation with Traditional Healer Made Derana

Madé Derana has been a “Mangku” (traditional balinese healer) essentially his whole life. A special role in the Balinese Hindhu religion that can only be passed down from past generations, Madé had no choice but to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.He has helped out many of the woes and foes of…

The Sound of Music ; Balinese Gamelan

Gamelan is a term used for the traditional musical ensemble in the island of Bali. It is created by striking the metal keys with a bamboo mallet.Balinese gamelan sounds quite energetic and nimble and alternates quickly between beats. This music is accompanied by a Balinese dance performance made up often of about 20 ladies dancing…

Unraveling the world of “Canang Sari”

One thing that holds true no matter where you are in the world is that every single person has a certain thing they do first thing in the morning ; that may be that first sip of coffee to brighten up tired eyes or a heavy morning workout to start off your day. In Bali,…