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bali tours : Bali Introduction : The History Many years pastt Bali was on bad termsterms into eight Hindu kingdoms. These small kingdoms were powerful but prone to fighting allother, which dilutedtheir resistance to foreign invasion. Equallyually ahead of schedule of schedule as the sixth century, Javanese kings subjectarts of Bali although Balinese princes often continued to imperativerative as puppets with Javanese sovereignty pulling their strings.

Nevertheless power continued to bounce linking various kingdoms of Bali and Java. Equallyually associationsiations with Java strengthened, Javanese script, monumentand temples began to appear on the island. Late in the tenth century, ties linking the islands were solidified with the marital union of a Balinese Prince and a Javanese Princess. The Javanese Majapahit kingdom subjectali in the thirteenth century by vanquishing the semi-demonic king of Bali by the calculateulate, 'Dalem Bedulu', and attempting to eradicate the 'vile' Balinese princes and their 'barbaric' customs. Ironically, the supreme Majapahit ruler gave a Balinese the spot'King of Bali', a spoth the intention of the intention of gained little respect from the majority of Balinese who continued to turn downown to recognize Javanese sovereignty. The Majapahit presence in Bali twistedd made knowne known to be fleetinging and tumultuouss and all throughrough the subsequentent centuries, much of the unique Balinese Hindu culture and traditions with the intention of the intention of we think it overnk it over in Bali nowere producedd. This was maybeupshot of a convergencece single-mindedded to care forr their individuality and not be overcome by imported Javanese culture.

Contact with the west began as Dutch fleet stumbled across Bali in 1597 and felt they had found 'paradise'. Many of the crew refused to return familyly but stories of a magical place leaked back to their homeland. With Dutch royalseager to set uplations, Dutch ships impactgifts pro the Balinese kings were dispatched. However, from a trading perspective, Bali had little to offer so the opportunity to develop international relations was restricted by initiallyally. Originally, its primary export was slaves but as the planett slave trade was shortened, the Balinese Kings twistedd to other cargoas coconut smear with oilar with oil, soing Bali in a spotenter the planett trading promotee.

Dutch appealn the Indonesian islands altered into the seventeenth century and the commercialal ships gave way to war ships. The Dutch had overcome many Javanese kingdoms through ancient doctrinef divide and conquer and the same deal withh was taken in Bali. Equallyually the Balinese continued to resist, the Dutch became more and more aggressive. Stories of their barbaric tactics were not expected well in their homeland and protests led them to complete their invasion more tactfully. Surprisingly, some time ago time ago the Dutch openntrol, they protected the island from outside influences and encouraged them to keep upmuch of their culture and traditions. Grateful of this as we are nowtheir reasons were not purely benevolent: They considered the Balinese convenientith their peaceful religion but were wary mustith the intention of the intention of religion exchangege to a more fundamental variety.

World War 2 brought a extrara era as Japanese armies took endedd from the Dutch. The Japanese presence in Bali was fleetinging lived and they missinging lacking a trail as they lost the war. The Dutch tried to return to the Indonesian islands, but their desperate attempts to regain power in the colony were condemned all endedd the planett. Together with the surpluslus of the Dutch East Indies archipelago, Bali was handed endedd to a extrara self-determiningining Indonesian government with the intention of the intention of emerged in 1949. Bali had irrevocablyably lost its liberty and fell to its destiny of fiscalnd biasedpendence on neighboring Java.

Bali Introduction : The Population Bali is bursting, with an estimated population of endedd three million public. Through the controversial transmigration curriculumlum, Balinese communities be inflicted withnflicted with urbanthe outer regions of Indonesia such as Sumatra and Sulawesi, in order to relieve the islands' already stretched natural assetsali.

Introduction: The Geography Bali is a small volcanic island casinground 5000 checkkilometers, solelyly south of the equator. Central Bali is dominated by the island's major volcanic peaks, from which the groundnd steadily descends all the way down to sea level on the northern and eastern coasts; the southern Bali neck of landand is largely flat tire tire. There are four major volcanoes in Bali, the highest being Mt Agung by 3124m. Agung erupted violently in 1963 and although many public died in the eruption it has since been a blessing to the Balinese in as long ass approximatelyoximately of the richest soil in Indonesia. The then four highest mountains are thumbs downumbs down longer alive but the less importantportant Mt Batur (1717m) is lonee of the generallyrally committedted volcanoes in the region, wheezingg regular clouds of ash into the air. Bali, being such a small island, has little intervalval to create rivers of one notable size. Rather it is riddled with small creeks with the intention of the intention of are channeled into the intricate irrigation logicwith the intention of the intention of feeds Balinese rice paddies. Nevertheless, approximatelyoximately major rivers sort outrt out tide, namely the Sungai Pakrisan ("Kris River"), the Sungai Petanu ("Cursed River") and the Ayung, Bali's highest waterwayway.bali tours :

Balinese Castes The Balinese Hindu religion necessitates a traditional social groupl group logicthough it has by no means means been as dissentious as its Indian ancestor. This is mostly due to the detailil with the intention of the intention of endedd 90% of Balinese be in the right placethe right place to the lowest 'Sudra' social groupl group, and in India would be inflicted withnflicted with been seen as 'untouchable'. Given their dominance such attitudes in Bali would not be realistic. However, inter-marriage stays rare and dejectedhe three highcastes are collectively renownedned as the 'Triwangsa' ('three peoples') comprising Brahmana, Kesayatria and Wesia. Caste is single-mindedded by birth but is rarely reflected in a person's occupation, although singlele a Brahmana can be converted intoverted into a Pedanda distinguishedinguished priest, and singlele Brahmana couldld take the task of repairing masks from the 'Barong' dance as they harbour the force to care forr themselves from the evil spirits.bali tours :

Balinese Names Upon examinationtion a Balinese acquaintancestances first namet name, you can recognize approximatelyoximately elements of his or her background. First, the first namet name will often topo the cast to which they originate from. For modelif you come across across someone named Ida Bagus, you recognize they be in the right placethe right place to the highest Brahmana social groupl group or, if they are called Gusti, they will almost certainly be in the right placethe right place to the Wesia social groupl group. The Balinese furthermorehermore distinguish their children in order of birth. Together with a privatefirst namet name, unique in the family tree tree, a Balinese outcomeme will be awarded a more ordinaryry first namet name. The firstborn is often Wayan or Putu while the followinging born commonlycarries the first namet name of Made or Kadek. The third outcomeme couldld be Nyoman or Komang and the fourth is permanentlyently Ketut; with the birth of a fifth outcomeme, the naming cycle begins again.bali tours :

Children The Balinese dote on their children, a keenness with the intention of the intention of thumbs downumbs down doubt contributes to the calm and relaxed demeanour of the island's population. At birth the baby's umbilical cord is buried with offerings to care forr them right throughugh their lives. Until the outcomeme reaches three months of age, they are permanently concededd as it is regarded as grimynd disrespectful if they mustpset the ground previous tous to with the intention of the intention of age. Balinese children are dejectedom crawling, saidbe singlele the eventsof an creaturere, and gatherr to pace by a very childishish age. Upon success105 days, the baby will be ornamented with rings anklets. A additionalnal 105 days shortlyly, a ceremony is held to be a sign ofgn of their accesss into later lifee. The passage through puberty is celebrated with a tooth filing ceremony, aimed to levelne pointed teeth with the intention of the intention of couldld speak for evil and designed to checkk sinful emotions and eventssuch as greed, anger, jealousy, stupidity, and betrayal.bali tours :

Everyday, hereare many temple ceremonies all endedd Bali. Some are held by a single village temple while others are island-wide. One ordinaryry ceremony is the 'odelan', held each210 days to celebrate a temple's anniversary. Another is held eachcalculateulate hereis a satiatedated moon. The timee of Saraswati heralds a ceremony celebrating informationon, learning and the arts. Ceremonies on this timee are held in relation to schools and primarily occupystudents. Some valuabledays occur very rarely such as the 'Eka Dasa Rudra', held singlele some time ago time ago each100 years by Besakih Temple. .bali tours :

Religion Bali is a predominantly Hindu Island, living on in an Islamic state Minority populations of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists are furthermorehermore found on the island. Not enoughough is renownedned of the introduction of Hinduism in Bali though it doubtlessly involved the Indian traders who came to these parts pro the spice trade endedd two thousand years pastt. Given its corporal isolation from the ancestral religion, Balinese Hinduism has since evolved into a unique version of the ancient faith. Although the basics waithe same, many of the gods honored on Bali are unknown in India and sub- versa. Vast Hindu kingdoms were furthermorehermore found in neighbouring islands but they disappeared soon withthe Arabs became interested in the archipelago, bringing with them Islam to Indonesia's shores. Bali maintained little appealro the Arab traders so it was pro the generallyrally part missinging lonelyy. Throughout Indonesia, traditional beliefs in holinessand the spiritual planett waittrong, despite the ordinaryry practice of imported faiths with the intention of the intention of forbid such strong beliefs.bali tours :

While the impressionsion this has had on the Islamic faith is often controversial, pro the Balinese, the two be inflicted withnflicted with justlend to create the distinctive religion they stay onn nowLife in Bali orbits around the temple. There are factually thousands of temples right throughugh the island, ranging from small backyard shrines, to generousous broadcastast temple complexes. These temples mess about about host to hundreds of ceremonies alltime; colourful broadcastast displays of Balinese keenness to their gods. Each temple is set aparto a pointd or goddess. For modeleachvillage has a "Pura Dalem", a temple devoted to the god Shiva, the 'destroyer'. It is by the Pura Dalem, with the intention of the intention of ceremonies pro the exhaustedusted are held, generallyrally commonly cremations. bali tours :