The Core Foundation of Bali and the Balinese

Even though some areas in Bali are very tourism oriented and mass tourism in Bali has thrived since many decades now, the Balinese have kept their unique and beautiful culture alive and vibrant. This can be felt literally everywhere you go. The Balinese culture and Hinduism affects almost every aspect of life on the island. It’s a unique mix between sacred Hindu-Dharma and sophisticated local customs. Art masterpieces can easily be found in every corner of Bali. Bali’s culture is still felt everywhere; from museums to hotel lobbies, to sacred temples. The Balinese honour their ancestors and the spirit world and perform religious rituals based on the ancient Balinese calendar. People wearing their ceremonial attires is a common sight.

The superb musical performances and traditional dance shows have also become one of the must-dos in Bali – for very good reasons. In all the ceremonies held during special days in Bali, Gamelan (Bali’s traditional music) and local dances will be one of the most important element to get connected with Gods, deities, and ancestors as a way to honour their role in the cosmos.

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