Balinese culture is deeply rooted in mystery and history.

Everyone has a past that has made them who they are today. People’s personalities and ways of thinking are shaped by how they were raised and what happened to them in their lives. The same rule applies to countries. The history of a country shapes everything about it, from its land, to its culture to its food.

Millions of years ago, a huge earthquake in the far east created the “Islands of Gods.” Deep below the surface of the Earth, a process called “tectonic subduction” formed coral reefs and limestone, which were pushed upwards from the ocean floor. This subduction also caused a powerful volcanic eruption that spewed into the Indian and Pacific Oceans, ultimately creating this peaceful place, which we call “Bali.”

About 2.5 million years ago, during the Stone Age and the early Bronze Age, a group of Homo erectus specimens (cave dwellers) settled on Bali and neighboring Java.

That’s when travelers from all over the globe first began visiting Bali, disrupting the tranquility of the island’s landscape while mixing with the locals.

They were mostly Indians, Chinese, and Javanese from the first century CE mixed with other migrants who established the foundations of Hinduism and Javanese culture by bringing their own traditions and beliefs with them.

Travel experiences are enhanced by cultural understanding.

As the years pass, Balinese have continued in many ways to honor and respect their ancestors and the spirit world. They do everything they can, from praying to their gods to wearing ceremonial garb and leaving offerings (Canang Sari) for the gods, to maintain harmony.

Learning even the basics of Balinese culture will help you make sense of the many things you experience during your stay. To put it simply, this greatly improves the quality of your island experience.

Of course, the more we know about a destination and its people when we travel the better we can comprehend what is going on all around us and therefore appreciate on a deeper level what we experience. The world around you will become more clear, and you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for it. You can experience Bali’s culture from the stone age to the modern era in just a few days.

It’s in everything: the air you breathe, the sea, the mountains, the villages, the people, the art, the architecture, even the way locals greet you with a smile. The Balinese way of life and the power of nature will make this abundantly clear to you.

We invite you to check out the articles in the section below called “Bali Culture Guide” to learn more about the “Island of the Gods” and get ready for a trip you’ll never forget.

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