DO you still remember the white cow living in a small forest of Taro village, Tegallalang subdistrict, Gianyar? This unique animal having become a tourist attraction throughout the country is so far still well preserved. Even, one of the ancestral heritages is highly trustworthy because it is believed as the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Existence of this animal is purified by local community. Even, they are given a special nickname. For bulls, they are addressed Ida Bagus Lanang, while the heifers are addressed Si Luh. It is said the white cow is the descendant of the Nandini cow. To Balinese people, it poses a complementary means of ceremonies called Ngasti.
Commemorating the three-year death of Matake, the pioneer of the Mataken Gakko Japanese Language Education Institute, the big family of Mataken Gakko held joint simple prayers, not long ago. Other than saying prayers packaged in a simple ceremony, it also reflected the pioneering spirit because his love for Bali and involvement in social and humanitarian activities through a free Japanese language course.
Ahead of Sasih Kesanga (March) approaching the Nyepi Day, residents of Beraban village held the mapag angin or picking up the wind ceremony. It is filled with pecaruan or exorcism rite in conjunction with the new moon in the eighth month based on Balinese calendar. This sacred ritual is meant to harmonize the relationship of fellow humans and their environment.
HOW captivating the presentation of boys and girls in a beautiful outfit and swaying movement on stage was. Color and fabric pattern in use were truly fascinating. Moreover, each step was accompanied with swirling of beautiful smile so it made their appearance more beautiful. They did not only look quite stylish, but also competed to show off insight and behavior.
It was the appearance of the youth in the Teruna Teruni Denpasar (TTD) beauty pageant in the Ksiraarnawa Hall of the Denpasar Art Center, Saturday (Feb 22). The selection was similar to the Abang None Jakarta where the assessment was based on the ability of insight (brain), behavior, beauty and braveness.
A tray has become one of the complementary paraphernalia in Bali. This ritual means made from wood does not only serve as a container of gebogan (fruit and flower arrangement) and offerings, but also the serving of pedanda or higher priest and wedding buffet. Even, some restaurants have also utilized it to serve their delicacies. Many tray products indeed have been widely available in the market, but the unique one may be only some few. At Kukuh village in Marga, Tabanan, located on Jalan Alas Kedaton, precisely Lodalang hamlet sits a tray craft. Its name is the Mosaic Hindu Bali. The difference of this tray lies in the application of seashell and glass motif.
A tray craftsman, Made Gara, said that his tray craft business was started in 2002-2004 based on a suggestion of a friend. Then, it developed in 2009. “At that time, our production was still in small number because I have not found the right idea. It took many years to get a good quality,” said the man from Tabanan. Having been run and deeply involved, added Gara, such household craft began to discover new ideas. “Virtually for two years since the pioneering I have not got success. At the end, I could gradually improve the quality of product, for example, by creating motif using shells, glass and good workmanship,” he explained.
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