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Balinese Wayang

The wayang puppet show is perhaps the most famous show in Balinese theatre, albeit the most difficult to understand. Basically an epic narrative, it is the key to Bali's unique world of myths, symbols and religious beliefs. The puppet master, or dalang, tells his story by...

Language

English is the common "third" language and the most popular foreign language by far (after Indonesian and Balinese). Due to tourism requirements a lot of Balinese speak a level of English that allows them to communicate with tourists on a basic level. But you will...

Pencak Silat (Martial Art)

Indonesia, with its myriad of ethnicities and languages, has developed indigenous martial arts, with different variants in different regions. Pencak silat is one such artform: ‘pencak’ referring to the performance aspect, while ‘silat’ to the essence of fighting and self-defence – and for the practitioner,...

Balinese Dance

One of the richness of Indonesia that you shouldn’t miss when travelling here is the traditional dances. Each region has their own dances and they have their own meaning. In Bali alone, there are so many dances. UNESCO recognizes three genres of traditional dance in...

Festivals & Ceremonies

Bali festivals and events are important features in the social landscape of the island, and also permanent fixtures in the lives of the Balinese. Some of these unique cultural festivals and events are determined by Balinese calendars from long ago, while others are highlighted schedules...

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