Friday, September 19, 2014

Hinduism in Bali

Bali is a largely Hindu enclave - Balinese are Hindus - the minority Muslims, Christians etc  in the island  come from Java or other parts of Indonesia. And Hindu rituals are observed almost all day long everywhere.

Walking within the resort we came across a Hindu altar in one corner of the property. And it so happened then that one of the resort staff came along to conduct her prayers and blessings at the altar. Her offerings consisted of a tray of flower petals and a few pieces of joss-sticks. It was quite interesting to observe how the prayer was conducted.

These prayers were carried out seevral times a day I guess. For one pakdokter noticed that early every morning a prayer offering would have been placed at the entrance to the villas. So the resort staff must have come around to pray and leave the offerings at the door-step while we were still asleep.

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